Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Fellow American

I met my first American here yesterday, Zac has met 2 Americans at Massey. I had to buy a new umbrella because I didn't pack one so I ran into town to get one and she was the store manager. We asked where I was from and I said "the states" and she said "yeah but where" then I realized oh a fellow American. She was actually from Indy, but has been here 8 years. I ended up talking with her for about 45 minutes about differences and things we miss. People keep saying us what are things we miss - most are little things, but here are a few things!

Q-tips (thanks Kristin for sending us some!)
Ketchup (thanks Mom for sending us some!)
Screens on windows
TV - ESPN (Zac) and ALOT of shows for Cassie
cheap beer - Natty Light, Keystone, buying a 12 pack for $10 or less
Discount Stores - TjMax, Marshalls, Nordstroms Rack room
Shopping Online!!
American breakfast - doughnuts, pancakes, waffles
Mexican restaurants
Happy Hour at Kilroys - mini pitchers!
Pepperoni, bacon, sausage
Kroger - and Kroger brand, we are doubling our grocery bill from the states - yikes!
Cell phones - not tlaking or texting people whenever we want!
Big jars of jalapenos and taco sauce
Dryers - for clothes
Nice shampoo - they have it here but wow not cheap!

Obviously we miss our families, friends and of course Divi , but we love seeing them on Skype and don't feel like are are missing all our nieces and nephew grow!! We are doing our best not comparing everything and we do love it here; here are some of reason we love it here.

Cereal - it is so good - best ever!
Tea - we have taken the Kiwi and British approach by adding milk- delicious!
Trails - all the outdoor opportunities and bike lanes
The weather!!
People- everyone is super friendly
The food - so much variety and we are trying all kinds of great cuisine - the Cambodian restaurant was great the other day
The time is takes my straightener and iron to get hot - only like 5 seconds!!
No tipping at restaurants
Rugby- we are so amazed!

Those are just a few things that we wanted to share with you that we missed, but also things we love!!


  1. I would miss espn myself. continue to enjoy the changes you are expercing.


  2. hey guys...sounds like me when i went to italy! There's a lot of things you miss (stupid things mainly)and then there's some major bonus's! Like i fell in love with their sandwiches, but majorly missed my car. I guess you will just have to learn to take the good with the not so good. Other than that, enjoy the experience while you can, it'll go by quickly!
    p.s. i want to skype :(