We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. – T.S. Eliot

1. Hearing English spoken widely.
I always get thrown off when I encounter other tourists speaking English because I am so accustomed to Italian/any other foreign language. It just sounds….wrong.2. The inclination to greet/thank/say goodbye to people in another language.

True story: once after returning from Italy my dad said “Grazie” to the guy at Wendy’s. This is surely bound to happen to me and going to be a tough habit to break.

3. Being able to text/tweet/facebook/instagram/snapchat/ANYTHING on your smart phone while walking around and without wifi.

Wifi is every traveler’s most coveted luxury. And you’re telling me that they just have an abundance of 3/4G in America?!?!?!?!4. Watching your favorite shows on an actual TV and not searching tirelessly to find  it streaming on the internet.
ProjectFreeTV may be a lifesaver, but watching the good old telly will be nice for awhile.

5. Using public bathrooms for free.
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What does WC even mean anyway?! Follow the signs and you will be paying 1.50 and walking through a turnstile in no time…

6. Convenience of any kind.
For all you Pennsylvania/Delaware/New Jersey/Marylanders……that hoagie and iced coffee has never tasted so good.

7. US dollars.
What do they even look like? Anyone remember? I have become so accustomed to monopoly money *ahem* euros.

8. Driving in a car on a daily basis.
Although I love being able to walk everywhere in Europe, I definitely will not miss waiting an hour for a bus that never comes. Also, a general regard for traffic laws will be nice.

9. Eating dinner at 6:30pm.
Italians don’t even begin their aperitivo (happy hour) until 7pm, and I’m expected to have a full meal before that?

10. Starting your day at a decent hour.
I had a good laugh the other day walking through old town Chania, Greece. It was 8am and the Starbucks was not open yet…..Europeans sure do have it right when it comes to sleeping in.

11. Paying more than 19.99€ to fly to another country (or state..)
Petition to get RyanAir in the States…who’s with me?

12. Wearing short sleeves and flip flops on the first nice day (or ever) and not getting looked at funny.
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I no longer leave the house in anything less than pants and long sleeve shirts because the judgy eyes are too much to handle. It’s true what they say: Italians (and alot of Europeans) dress for the seasons, not the weather. Layering is key to get away with this one folks.

13. Not paying for bread and water at dinner or plastic bags at the grocery store.
When wine is no longer cheaper than water and bread is a given. What kind of world is that?

14. Eating bacon and eggs for breakfast. Merica.
Starving for breakfast because a croissant or sugary treat is not my preference at 9 in the morning, I once ordered an “American breakfast” at a tourist trap restaurant (guilty) and received approximately one slice of bacon, one egg, and one single hashbrown. Just….no.