Toto, I don't think we're in Switzerland anymore...
I spent nearly all of June in the United States. The trip was wonderful, of course. I got to visit friends and family, drive everywhere, indulge in proper barbecues, bask in air-conditioned homes, and of course stock up at the local Target and Wal-mart! Still, I could tell that my time abroad has changed me. Top ten moments from the trip:
- "Wow, these [clothes/shoes/food] are such a good deal!"
~ on multiple occasions while shopping with a friend in the West Village
- "Have American beds always been so short?"
~ on seeing Swissy Pie's feet sticking out over the queen-sized mattress (they don't in our bed)
- "What's this Top Chef show everyone is talking about?"
~ at Perilla, a restaurant in New York recently opened by 2006 season winner Harold Dieterle
- "What's wrong with you guys?"
~ on being told there's no recycling in my Kentucky hometown - because the city thinks it's too expensive
- "These yolks look weird."
~ while cracking some nominally organic free-range eggs from the supermarket, which nevertheless have much paler yolks than European eggs
- "This is NOT cheese!"
~ tasting some locally made product from Kentucky
- "What kind of crap farmer's market is this?"
~ on seeing signs for produce from California, Georgia, and the Carolias being sold in Kentucky
- "Oh my God, I can understand everything on TV!"
~ flipping through the 999 cable channels at my sister's apartment
- "Where did all these friggin' cars come from?"
~ on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway at 3 pm, headed to Manhattan from JFK - this was NOT rush hour
- "Grüezi... uh, I mean, hello!"
~ to the immigration officer upon arrival at JFK