Every time I travel back home, I have a bucket list of things to do when I am there. This is totally normal, right? Everybody makes lists like this. Since this is my hometown I am visiting, my list includes nothing much out of ordinary, nostalgic things (these are by no means tourist-y suggestions, sorry!)… just things I miss out on by living so far away from family and friends and that I am soaking up whenever I am there.
This time around I am looking forward to…
… spending time with my niece and nephew
Duh. I miss my two munchkins and wish we could be together more often.
… spending 24 hours near Munich with my best friend
I intentionally planned a stopover in Munich on my way home because otherwise I wouldn’t have had the chance to see my bff during my visit this time. She’d just been cleared after another tumor check-up, and I am super-excited to hug her and that I will finally have the opportunity to see where she lives now, since I haven’t been able to visit her ever since she moved to Bavaria.
… my niece’s first communion.
It will be an opportunity to spend a whole day with family and family friends, good food and conversation.
… eating all the food
I always have a list of things that I want to eat when I go home, mostly because these things are a) not available in the US or b) homemade by Mama. Some include “Mettbrötchen” (rolls with freshly minced meat, salt, pepper and onions – OMG!), my Mom’s potato pancakes, all the fresh bread + deli meats (there is a much larger variety than here!) , white asparagus (it’s asparagus season in Germany!) and fresh Sauerkraut.
… sleeping in my childhood room
I love coming home to my parents’ house and sleeping in my childhood bed. It’s almost a little bit of time travel right there.
… going to the downtown market with my Mom on Saturday morning
Not sure why but that is something that I always enjoy during my visits home.
… going for a run with my cousin
My cousin is a sports buff like me and we’ve talked about that he would like to support my ongoing half marathon training while I am in Germany by joining me for a run, maybe even two. Yes!
… working out with my Dad
When my parents were here for a visit last fall, I took my Dad to my gym for a workout. Now, I am looking forward to working out with him at his gym.
… having a sleepover at my sister’s house
One of the things I miss most is being able to just hang out with my sister at her house. I hope we can at least squeeze in one sleepover while I am there (unfortunately, she will be working while I am there.)
I won’t have much time to see a lot of people during my short visit this time, but I am glad that one of my dear friends will make time to see me for brunch during the week and that I get to spend some time in my favorite city
… shopping for items to bring back to my US home.
I always have a shopping lists of things to buy and bring back to the US after a visit. It’s usually a mix of candy, licorice, chocolate, tea, and selected personal hygiene items. Some of these I can’t find in the US and/or they’re outrageously expensive (in comparison).
As always, there are things I’d like to do that I won’t be able to fit in this time, like spending time with a few other people that are dear to me and – as always – more time with family, but that’s ok. I am trying to be more than grateful for the time that I will have back home.
How far away is home for you?
Do you make lists like that every time you visit?