Crazy to think I've been in Mozambique for a year, and the members of Moz 19 are no longer the babies of the education volunteers in Mozambique. Moz 21 arrived in Maputo yesterday, and will be heading to Namaacha to start their 10 weeks of training on Saturday. Unbelievable.
Though I love it here in Mozambique, there are a number of things I miss about life in America. Here is my list.
10. My bed. The mattresses in Mozambique leave a lot to be desired. About a week after moving to Messica, I realized the mattress that I bought (basically a foam pad) was not going to work with my back, so I moved my bed into the extra room in my house and now sleep on the floor on a bamboo mat. It is a lot better for my back, but I still have saudades for a good night sleep in my bed.
9. Hot showers. One of my favorite parts of Peace Corps conferences/staying in hotels here is having a hot shower. Sometimes the water pressure isn’t great, but a trickle of hot water to get clean is better than no hot water. Can’t even wait to take a hot shower every day when I’m in the US.
8. Good coffee. They have instant coffee here. Enough said.
7. Grocery Stores. So. Many. Options. There are two grocery stores in Chimoio, Shoprite and Spar. Shoprite is good for buying cheese and chocolate, and Spar is good for buying other random things from the US (sometimes they have m&ms!) but on the whole, Shoprite and Spar aren’t really Peace Corps budget friendly, so I just miss US grocery stores – and I can’t wait to check out Jungle Jim’s in December!
6. Fall. Pumpkin flavored everything, jeans and hoodie weather, leaves falling off the trees, bonfires, apple cider. Man, I miss fall.
5. Mass in English! (with Communion). I’ve already mentioned in other posts that we don’t have a priest in Messica, which is definitely a struggle for me. I get communion maybe once every 2 months, and mass is in Portuguese and Shona, so sometimes I can understand some minimal things, but on the whole, I don’t take as much from mass as I would like. I’m so excited to visit the Newman Center when I’m home and go to mass in English. J
4. So many food options! I already have a mental list of what I want to eat in the US. And it’s LONG. I don’t know if I’ll be able to fit it all in to three weeks, but I’m sure going to try. Mom, get ready to make some delicious foods!
3. OSU Sporting Events (Live & on TV). There’s nothing like some Ohio State love either in the Shoe, the Schott, or sitting on my couch in the living room. I miss all the hype and being in the know about what’s going on. I miss singing Carmen at football games, and seeing campus blow up with people on game day. Peter, I’m counting on you to get me a basketball ticket in January so I can get my fix before coming back to Mozambique.
2. My car/transportation. Transportation in Mozambique leaves much to be desired, and the thought of getting in my car (or any personal car for that matter) and driving myself to my destination without stopping countless times to let people on and off sounds glorious. Having a seat to myself, what a luxury! Can’t even wait for the plane ride.
1. Friends and family. By far, the thing I miss most about America is the people that I left there. My friends and family have been so great and supportive, and it doesn’t feel like it’s been a year since I’ve seen them. I can’t wait for all the hugs and the love that will be shared in the month of December. Loving Mozambique, but literally counting down the days until I get to see you all again. SAUDADES DEMAIS!
Oh and for those of you that don’t know, I will be in the states from December 16th – January 6th. I will be visiting my family in California December 19th-22nd, spending Christmas in Cincinnati, and hopefully New Years in Columbus. Plan accordingly, my friends!