Monday, September 30, 2013

Gee, it’s good to be back home again says Texan after4-plus years in Europe

“It’s not that Europeans are exactly un-friendly, especially Italians, who are in fact very polite and kind to strangers, and warm to friends and family, but I lived in Texas for 15 years before moving to Europe and being openly friendly to complete strangers was (is) deeply part of my personality, and I had to shut that part down until I got back here last week. It was really difficult those first few weeks in southern England, not being able to say 'hi' to people I passed on a sidewalk because if I did, they’d avoid eye contact, veer away, and sometimes even give me a pointed look of rejection.”

“Anyway, now I’m back in Texas, and OH MY GOD. I am drunk on the smiles and the ‘hey how’s it going?‘s from complete strangers everywhere I go. Some people, I know, really hate that about the South and Texas, thinking it’s all fake and annoying, but tough shit, I love it. It makes me happy.”

“And don’t even get me started on the difference in food prices over here – for $55, I bought the same amount of food yesterday for myself and my parents that I buy for myself and my husband back in Italy, where that particular grocery list cost me 80 euro every time (about $105). HALF!! What sorcery is this?!?”

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