Here is a quick list of things that I am noticing and/or enjoying about being back in the land of my birth:
*I am enjoying going grocery shopping and not smelling an odor that makes me think something died on that aisle (just remembering Shoprite in Maputo and the canned veggie aisle!).
*Many TV channels......especially TLC. I have missed that channel.
*Driving an automatic transmission is so wonderful!
*Driving and NOT dodging potholes is also wonderful!
*Going to really gross bathrooms in Africa prepared me for the bathrooms at Walmart. Just sayin'. (However, just to clarify, South African gas stations have the cleanest bathrooms of any place I've ever been.)
*Chick-fil-A is just as divine as I remembered. And their bathroom was clean! :-)
*Sonic Happy Hour rocks!
*Louisiana in the summertime is JUST AS HOT as Maputo, Mozambique in the summertime!
*I am on the same continent as my sister, brother, aunts, uncles and cousins!!!!
*Target is fantastic. Super Target........I think I heard the angels singing as I entered the doors! (And their bathrooms were pretty clean.)
*Homogenized, Pasteurized, non-UHT MILK! Yum!
*So many cereal choices that is boggles the mind.
*Realizing last night as we planned an upcoming road trip that we don't have to buy all of our snacks/drinks before we leave but we can actually stop at places along the way.
*African bananas taste better than bananas bought in America.
*Using the dryer doesn't blow the breaker. And we can use our electric kettle and toaster at the SAME TIME in the kitchen and not blow a breaker.
*Getting a new driver's license at the Dept. of Motor Vehicles was amazingly easy!
*Charlie found a watch battery for my watch at Walmart. (After having searched all over Maputo AND in Johannesburg!)
*I feel very vulnerable and exposed when I open our front door and there's not a security gate nor a wall or high fence.
*I had forgotten that you pay at the pump for gas. And you pump it yourselves. And it's so expensive!
*Free refills! I'm not sure this concept will ever catch on in Africa.