#1: Family & Friends
Of course what I do miss the most, are my family and my friends which no one can replace. It would be so nice to see everyone on a regular basis, show them how I am living here on the other side of the world, give them a big hug and have a beer or two together. I do have friends here too, so I’m not complaining. Nevertheless, going out with my best friends in Frankfurt is something that I miss most!
I miss snow. I miss looking at it, walking in it, tasting it. I miss wearing a jacket, gloves and a scarf. I used to love those days when it was so cold everyone else would be tucked away inside trying to stay warm. I would be the only one out walking, so I could look across the fields and see miles of snow without a single footprint in it. It would be completely silent — no cars, no birds singing. Just silence and snow. God, I miss snow.
#3: German Food
I miss Bratwurst, Leberkaese, Currywurst mit Pommes Rot Weiss, Schnitzel, Wurstsalat, Gluehwein, Leberwurst, Schwarzbrot and Doener. Well, okay, Doener might not be from Germany, but I bet you’ll find the best Doener in Berlin. Now that I’m writing about, I get really hungry. There is a good German restaurant near my area, and I go there from time to time. But being home in Germany with original German food and my friends around is of course not the same. Imagine eating a Schweinshaxe in Bangkok when it’s hot like hell. Nah, that’s not the same.
If you haven’t been to a German Christmas Market you don’t know what you miss. If the Frankfurt Christmas market for example doesn’t put you into high spirits and into a special festive mood, there won’t be hardly any other Christmas market in Germany to accomplish this. The setting is just beautiful. And the best part: There’s plenty of traditional mulled wine available — think of warm red or white sangria, minus the fruit — but the rum-infused version really seemed to draw a crowd.
I miss my car and I miss the autobahn. And the sign for “no speed limit”. 😉 I enjoy cruising along at a comfortable speed. And I also appreciate how much training Germany requires for people to get a driver’s license. Not like in Thailand.