Once again, I’ll be traveling home soon and I have a bucket list of things to do when I am there. Everyone does have such a list, right?
Since I haven’t been home in two years (gasp!), my list is long, but again doesn’t include much out of the ordinary, unless you count being able to attend a wedding AND a communion during ONE visit out of the ordinary (which I guess it is).
However, visiting home usually includes mostly just simple things that most people take for granted and that I miss out on by living so far away from family and friends. So, I soak them up whenever I can.
This time around I am looking forward to…
… spending time with my niece and nephew (and the rest of the family)
Always. I miss my two munchkins and wish we could be together more often.
… spending time with my best friend
I told you about my best friend who was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2008. She’s been through so much through those 11 years and I just wish she’d get some relief already.
After her last treatment over a year ago, she developed trigeminal neuralgia, a chronic pain condition of the trigeminal nerve of the face, and even though her tumor has been in remission, she’s has been dealing with this severe nerve pain since then. She just can’t catch a break, it seems, but I hope that I can cheer her up some.
… attending one of my best friends’ wedding
I am so stoked that I’ll be able to attend one of my best friend’s wedding during my visit. I’ve missed so many weddings and events by living so far away, so it’s really a strike of luck that this worked out.
… my nephew’s first communion.
Last time I visited for my niece’s first communion, so of course I had to make sure that I am there for my nephew’s as well. So glad I could make this happen.
… 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!) , and white asparagus (it’s asparagus season in Germany!).
… walking with my Mom
My Mom has been getting into a regular morning walk routine since I last visited and I am looking forward to joining her on one (or many) of her walks!
… going for a run with my cousin (and maybe my sister?)
I haven’t brought it up with them yet, but I hope they realize that I’ll be expecting them to run with me while I am there.
… working out with my Dad
As you know, my Dad is a retired P.E. teacher, but he still keeps active by playing tennis, golfing, and going to the gym a few times per week. One of my favorite things to do when I visit is join him for a workout. I’d do that all the time if we lived closer.
… having a heart-to-heart with my sister
One of the things I miss most is being able to just hang out with my sister and talk about everything. Of course, we talk on the phone and we always know what is going on in each other’s lives, but it’s not the same as talking in person and sometimes life is busy and we don’t get to talk and share stuff as much I’d like to.
… seeing an old friend from high school
I won’t have much time to see a lot of people during my visit because of family commitments, but I’ve been Whatsapp-ing with one of my old high school friends recently and I hope I can see her for coffee or something.
… having brunch with a friend in Köln
I will probably meet up with one of my longest, dearest friends in Cologne again and get to spend some time in my favorite city. Win-win.
… shopping for items to bring back to my US home.
The list of things I shop for and bring back to the US when I visit Germany has become shorter over the years, but there are a still a few things that I always have to get on my visits. That’s normal, right?
This is only a partial list of what I want to do and I know there will be things that I won’t be able to fit in; again. But hey, I am always, always grateful for the time that I do get to spend back home.
How far away is home for you?