I realize that we have been apart for almost a year now, and, well…. there are some things about me that have changed.
Mostly these are significant shifts in my perspective on life.
However, I am not going to talk about those things.
Oh no, I am going to talk about all of the shallow things about me that have changed. (And you thought this post was going to be insightful!)
1. I haven’t driven in almost a year.
I don’t know if this should be taken as a warning… but I haven’t driven in a long, long time. Dirt roads, look out!
2. I constantly crave spinach salads.
Spinach is wicked expensive in Indonesia, so while I eat a lot of Romaine at a pretty decent price, I am craving Spinach salads and green smoothies. Bayam, a plant similar to spinach, is inexpensive, but the taste is more bitter than the average spinach variety found in the states. In addition, the joy of vegetables is dampened by the knowledge of their questionable transportation method and the lingering feeling that you are eating chemicals, too. (Perhaps this is my personal paranoia?)
3. I drink fermented milk and stopped using shampoo.
Yeah, you read that right. In the absence of Greek yogurt, I now drink Kiefer, which is a drink made out of “grains” that ferment milk. It’s actually really good for you, and contains a lot of probiotics. It’s a bit fizzy and sort of sour… but is great in a smoothie. My favourite recipe? Kiefer, apples, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, blended together. Delicious!
Shampoo is bad for the environment and bad for your hair, so I stopped using it. It’s only been about 5 weeks of my shampoo liberation, and moving back to America might break me of my shampoo freedom. Don’t worry, my hair isn’t gross: you totally wouldn’t be able to tell if I hadn’t told you already,
4. Humidity is normal, but I still don’t like it.
Just because it’s always 90 degrees and humid here doesn’t mean that I have magically adjusted to humidity. While heat seems to be less of a problem, I sleep with my in-room aircon blasting at a magical 19 C. (It pretty much cools the whole apartment, but my bedroom is the only room I really care about staying cool.)
There are many other things that have changed about me, but you will just have to wait until I write about them sometime in the future (or until I see you in person!).
I leave for the states in six days, and I will land in Detroit in eight (that’s a story for another day), but I will be seeing you all soon!