10 Things I Miss The Most About America
As much as we love Mexico, we are looking forward to our upcoming trip back to America. Let me be clear. I know Mexico is a part of America but it is not the country that comes to people’s mind when someone says America so bear with me here. I am referring to the good ol’ United States of America. Don’t shoot the messenger, please! Here are the 10 things I Miss The Most About America.
You have no idea how lucky you are to be able to shop so easily online. That is a luxury that is not in Mexico. Sure, there are a few things you can get in Mexico online but it is nothing like it is back in America. I am so excited to get back to my mom’s place and see all the things I ordered off of Amazon. Did I tell y’all we are switching to carry on only next month? We are! I followed, The Travel Lemming, a fellow blogger’s advice and purchased 3 Osprey 46 backpacks along with packing cubes, a car seat travel stroller, and an underwater camera to help get some better shots for our YouTube channel! Can I tell you another reason why I love Amazon? Amazon is one of the ways I get paid as a blogger. Anytime someone clicks on one of the Amazon links on my page like the one below, and orders something off of Amazon, it can be anything not just what I have listed, I receive a small commision. It is at no additional cost to you. If you didn’t know, now you know!
2. Friends and Family
We’ve made amazing friends during our travels. Some of them we consider family but that doesn’t mean we have forgotten our friends and family back home. So far we have been returning back to our hometown of Austin, TX every 3 to 4 months. It gives us a few weeks to reconnect with friends and family and recharge. We are so excited to see everyone again soon.
3. The English Language
Spanish is a beautiful language but there is no sweeter sound than that of your native tongue. Seriously. I don’t have to pull out Google translate or anything. I just know what everyone is saying back in the states and it is such a relief. While walking through the grocery store back home, I don’t have to guess what certain ingredients are. Here is a funny story for you. A few weeks ago, I bought what I thought was shredded mozzarella for some quesadillas I wanted to make here in Mexico. We could not get the cheese to melt at all and it tasted funny. Finally, we figured out after googling the ingredients, that it was actually shredded coconut.
4. Reliable Uber
It’s no surprise for any of our blog readers that we have been without a vehicle since we got to Mexico. I have not driven in 3 and a half months. In the first city we stayed in, Guanajuato City, Mexico, Uber was available. However, it is illegal in all of Mexico so drivers will cancel on you all the time if there is a police presence. Also, the GPS system doesn’t work well for Uber so often it was difficult for the driver to find us. They would call and that would just make things more frustrating because I don’t speak Spanish.
Here is another story for you. When I first arrived in Mexico, I ordered an Uber to pick us up from the airport. The Uber driver kept calling me. Finally, I answered but had no idea what he was saying. It was dark. We were exhausted and I was in a new country. I flagged down a group of men and they tried to talk to the driver but since they didn’t speak English, they couldn’t explain what the driver was saying. They flagged down another young man who happened to speak English and he explained that the Uber driver was willing to pick me up but I would have to pay in cash instead of the app in order for it to be worth it for him. The Uber driver said that it was risky because the airport was heavily guarded by police. At the time, that didn’t make sense to me because I didn’t know Uber was illegal in Mexico. I did not take him up on his offer and instead took a regular taxi from the airport. Not only do I love using Uber to get around, I love working for them too. Whenever we are back in the states, I work for them as much as possible to earn extra money for our travels. If you want to work for Uber, sign up with my code and earn a bonus. It is a great side hustle.
5. Delivery Services
Oh, how I desperately miss delivery services such as Instacart, Walmart, and Hello Fresh. I hate grocery shopping so when I discovered online grocery shopping existed, I swore to never step foot in a grocery store again. Well, it is no surprise that that kind of service does not exist in Mexico. There might be a few food places that deliver food but it is rare and with the language barrier damn near impossible for me to figure out how to even order a pizza.
6. Road Trips
If you have been following our journey, you know how much we love road trips even with a screaming toddler. In fact, a few months back we did a 7-week road trip. Shoot. We even drove to Canada. Now, I am not saying you can’t do road trips in Mexico. Actually, I have heard of a lot of people who choose to drive to and road trip through Mexico. Although the road conditions can be rough and there are certain parts of Mexico that you are advised not to drive through. Plus, we didn’t bring our vehicle so we look forward to road trips again during the few weeks we are back in the states. In fact, I have a surprise road trip planned for Mia to Orlando, FL so my little Harry Potter addict can finally go to Universal Studios.
We learned this the hard way. We got super sick the first few days of Mexico because we did not take the water warning very seriously. It is advised to not cook with, drink, or brush your teeth with the water. We did not take this seriously and fell extremely sick within days of getting to Mexico. It is the sickest any of us have ever been and it was so scary. Now, I am not for sure it was the water but I no longer take chances. We use bottled water for everything. I can’t wait to get back to the states and brush my teeth with sink water again although the people of Flint, Michigan still can’t say that.
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8. Slime Ingredients
Okay. This one is for my kids. The girls absolutely miss making slime. We tried different recipes here in Mexico with ingredients we could find and none really worked out. The main ingredient we could not find anywhere in Mexico is Borax. We looked everywhere with no luck. Borax is probably one of the first things I am going to buy when we get back to America.
Did someone say Target?!!!! We absolutely love Target. I swear there is something magical about that place. I think they put some spell in the air that draws you in and then spits you out broke as hell because you went in for one thing and came out $300 poorer. What is this sorcery? I look forward to filling up my cart full of things again and then leaving the cart and running out of the store like a madman. Yes, I know that is terrible and I should either buy the stuff or at least put everything back on the shelf but the temptation is too real.
10. Flushing Toilet Paper
My first experience with not being allowed to flush toilet paper was during our Puerto Rico trip. When the Airbnb just told me not to flush toilet paper, I was disgusted but this is the norm is some countries because plumbing can be very old. When we arrived in Mexico, it was the same story but we were no longer shocked. Still, it will be super nice to flush toilet paper again. It is the little things in life that matter.
Now that you have read the 10 things I miss the most about America, tell me what you love about your own country.