So we are almost at the end of our stay in Canada. I am glad to go back home, but I am also sad that the longest vacation we have had in over two years is coming to an end. I guess it’s the right time to take stock.
Thing that I have missed
There are a few things that I have missed. First and foremost, Christmas with my family, but I have had a great time here. My husband’s family is amazing. I am really lucky.
I’ve missed our dog. Our 72 pound black ball of fur… I can’t wait to pick her up at my parents’ place on Monday.
I have missed the “Befana” tradition, you know… the celebration of the Epiphany, with the stockings filled up with sweets, and a piece of coal for the few naughty actions I have to account for… We usually have lunch at my aunt’s place every year. She’s waiting for us to be back, so I guess we will have a late Befana anyway!
I’ve missed good fruit and vegetables. Canada has delicious food, but sorry to say… fruit and vegetables are absolutely tasteless. Not sure why… I’ve always heard our guests talk about how delicious fresh food is in Italy and I’ve always thought it was a nice way to be polite… but no. Fresh vegetables and fruit is definitely better back home. Maybe because we mostly only use fruit and vegetables that are in season. Not sure.
I’ve missed our usual diet and meal schedule. Ok, here I’m just using parallelism… I haven’t really missed much. The Indian food that my mother-in-law prepares is to die for. And I would have missed our usual diet and meal schedule back at home as well. It’s the amount of food that I can’t take anymore. I need to go back to eating regularly after the holidays. I guess this is the same everywhere, really.
I have missed the snow. Not because there usually is snow back at home. Not at all. But I was hoping to see more snow here, as that’s something we don’t normally get in Tuscany. Well… we did get it this year… but right after we left! I still got to have a white Christmas, which is all that matters! I am actually glad it hasn’t been too cold.
I have missed pizza… I had pizza yesterday and I ended up with a hot water bottle on my stomach!
Oh… and I have missed the bottom of public restrooms’ doors… people, you have such an overdeveloped sense of privacy for a lot of stuff that really requires much less headaches and you can’t build bathroom stalls with proper walls and doors?! What’s wrong with this picture?! If there is one place you need to be private it’s the freaking bathroom!
Things that I will miss
What I will miss… a lot actually. I’ll miss bagels… boy I love bagels!!! Oh. And chicken wings. Can please somebody start selling those in Italy?!?!?!
I’ll miss the wild shopping. We always buy too much stuff here.
I’ll miss the ethnic food: Italy is quite “boring” in that sense. It’s mostly all about Italian food. (ok… I know I said I miss eating normally… but hey… Thai food is delicious).
I’ll miss the pretty houses, the white landscape, the conveniences of the orderly Canadian cities.
I’ll miss bacon… and pancakes.
I’ll miss the nice evenings spent drinking and chatting with my husband’s family.
I’ll miss seeing my husband so happy at the pub, with a good beer in his hands or watching hockey.
I’ll miss the fabulous bookstores and the large shopping malls.
I’ll miss being able to see movies in their original language at the cinema.
I’ll miss the time spent doing nothing but the things I want to do… I’ve read a lot, and I’ve loved that!
Oh, I’ll miss the fancy cars with heated seats… mmmmm!
Things I haven’t missed and I won’t miss
Something I haven’t missed is the hectic working schedule back home and the drives back and forth between Civitella and Pisa, the rain. Something I won’t miss are the wind chill, peanut butter, blue cheese, the nasty viruses that have kept me in bed for way too long given that I was on my well-deserved vacation, the wine bottles with screw tops (what happened to cork being essential for letting the wine breathe?!), having to dress in layers and taking off and putting on your jacket ten times per hour…
Canada and Italy are different. And that’s fabulous. We are lucky enough that we can get the best of both.
I can’t wait to go home to Tuscany, and I can’t wait to be back in Canada!