Besides the obvious–missing loved ones–there are a few other things that I always miss when I live overseas:
Within the first 4 hours of returning to the US, I always visit my local Chipotle and order a steak burrito bowl. It boggles my mind that I can order a Big Mac in Copenhagen, KFC in Turkey or a Pizza Hut pizza in Shanghai, but I can’t get a Chipotle burrito bowl anywhere outside of the US. I’m starting to think I should start a franchise here in Ankara!
Although sushi can be found in many countries these days, sushi is one of the few foods I am picky about. What I mean by picky is that the quality has to be excellent. Right now, we live in a landlocked city which makes me nervous about ordering sushi at a local restaurant (and it doesn’t help that the name of the restaurant is Quick China!).
3. Being in the Same Time zone as My Old Life
Although we have lots of technology to help people keep in touch, these technologies solve the problem of distance, not time zones. Living in a different time zone not only makes it difficult to find each other throughout the day (for example, Los Angeles is 10 hours behind us), but it affects the time we can watch American TV in Turkey (like watching Packer games at 4am!).