For those stateside, like me, it’s pretty easy to day dream of Europe. Things I miss about Europe are endless and incredibly random.
I miss the little chino on the corner of my street. I miss spending two euros on a bottle of red wine. I miss having wine with my coworkers at school to celebrate a teacher’s birthday. I even miss taking the metro the wrong way on my way home after work.
As I’ve lived in the States for five months now, there are a few key things I miss more than anything.
DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH CHEAPER CHEESE IS IN EUROPE? Insanely cheaper. When friends and family came to visit in Madrid, they made comments on how cheap the cheese was, but I had no idea until I got home. It’s the little things in life guys.
2. Public Transportation
In Austin, people believe it’s virtually impossible to get around without a car (It IS possible. I do it every day). The buses in Austin can be unpredictable, especially during rush hour. Even though I’m still able to get around, I wish more cities in the United States had transportation systems like in Europe.
I really don’t know how to explain this one, I really don’t. I will say, my old school had an expresso machine and a little cafeteria ran by Jose Luis. Every school should invest in an expresso machine and a man named Jose Luis who can make a great tostada con tomate. Everyone would be happier.
4. Accessibility to Other Cultures
Europe is small enough that traveling internationally is easy. It takes five minutes more to fly from Athens to Stockholm than Austin to New York City. Plus, Europe has way more budget travel options than the U.S. Unfair. One of my favorite parts about jetting off to a new place was listening to the local language and learning a few words. There’s an excitement to navigating a new city AND a new language.
5. The “European lifestyle”
If there’s one thing I love about Europe, it’s their general lifestyle. My friend from Romania, who also lives in Austin, and I talk about this all the time. In Europe, people are always out walking. Families and friend’s are constantly spending time outside the house and on the street. In Madrid, I could find people walking around the city at almost all hours of the night and now I find the streets empty apart from me.
What do you miss about Europe?