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Thursday, January 6, 2011


 Happy New Year friends!
I'm back "home" in Switzerland after an incredible vacation in the US to visit friends and family for Christmas (it was my first time back to the US in over a year!) I've entered the new year a year older and feeling incredibly lucky that I have the friends and family that I have in my life - and it was so hard to say goodbye again.  I also entered the new year ready for new adventures with the amazing friends that I've been fortunate to meet here in Switzerland! I feel happy. It will be a good year.

I always get the questions about "what do you miss from the US"...and after being back briefly that's not hard to answer - Barnes & Nobles, Wendy's, choices (I was completely over stimulated when I first arrived...do you realize the cereal aisle is 10 times as long as what it is here in Switzerland??), the beautiful Midwest (you can see forever!)...Dunkin Donuts coffee, cheap prices and Chicago. (I'm not hard to keep happy).

What do I NOT miss from the US?
-Walmart
-Bleach blonde girls in UGG boots, pajama pants and orange faces (clones?)
-People wearing PJ's everywhere.
-The smell of fast food everywhere.
-How everything everywhere is trying to sell you something.
...and that's all I can think of now :)

I'm excited to be back - and excited to stay connected with you all again - I've been so lucky to meet you through blogging and >fill in a lot of sappy things< - seriously though...you've made this past year that much better!

And now...let the normal blogging commence ;)
 


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103 comments:

Stacey said...

Yayy! It's great to have you back- i literally just glanced on my side bar to see if you had posted... Anyway, your absence was definitely felt. I'm happy you had a fun time visiting home. Now, get your butt back to posting:-) I've missed you! XX

PS. Happy New Year!

Cupcake said...

Great to have you back!! OMG now you see my disdain for the boot! And pj's? Like you just can't be bothered to get dresses? I know it's beyond pathetic!
Cupcake
www.fashion-tarts.blogspot.com

Girl about Oslo said...

Hi girl...
Welcome back from the land were everyone looks the "same":)

So thats why you moved...You are different:)

Glad to have met you in the blogging world:)SEE YOU SOON:)

Coco Coterie said...

Welcome back and Happy New Year. Ah, to live the quiet existence, especially when one is in the city. But, it can be done. However, if I could live in the Kansas Flinthills in an old limestone farmhouse, may sound funny, but have some chickens, a few alpaca, sew my own designs, and get a great dane to accompany Maggie....my dream. :)
xox Alexandra

Julie-Inspired said...

You were missed! I'm glad you had an amazing time with family...whenever I go away and then come back here, I feel so blah about so many things about the US, but so many things that bring me comfort too, so I completely get where you're coming from. Welcome home:)

Julie xo

ellie said...

Great you are back..no horrid layovers during blizzards I take it. Good for you. Hope you have a great new year!

Emily Jane said...

Happy new year lady! I know, it's so so hard saying goodbye when you have to leave loved ones :(

I am so with you on the pyjama thing! They do it here in Canada too and I always yell at David when he goes out in his pyjama bottoms lol!

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

A warm welcome back, my sweet friend and happy new year to you!
I so agree with you on "What do I not miss from America";-)

Lisette said...

welcome home ^^
nice post=)
Lots of love, Lisette
sweetlisette.blogspot.com

Connie @ SogniESorrisi said...

Happy New Year lady! Here's to a great 2011 xo

Tay Talk said...

Welcome back! I laughed out loud when I read your list of what you don't miss from the US OF A! Funny-Funny...Us Americans, always wearing our pj's everywhere and bleaching our hair too blond.

Glad you had great time though!

Diana Mieczan said...

Hi, darling:) So lovely to have you back:) Missed you a lot cant wait to read your posts daily:)
Have a lovely afternoon
Kisses

Kristina said...

Good to have you back!
Love your list :) I used to live in the States and I also miss Barnes & Noble. And cupcakes :)
Viele Gruesse, Kristina

Erika Grover said...

Glad you had a wonderful & safe trip! Dunkin donuts coffee the BEST :) And Walmart is horrific.

Happy New Year

Quick ? ...Are you originally from the US?

Carly said...

Welcome back!
I hate "people wearing pajamas everywhere" too! One thing to be in "gym gear" on your way to or from the gym...but you cannot make the argument that you are on your way to and from YOUR BED??? I mean really????
Have you seen the infomercials for the pajama jean....since people are SO lazy and just hate lifting their legs to put a pair of pants on...someone out there thought making pajama pants that look like jeans (I guess they are airbrushed or something???) so that it is acceptable for them to literally roll out of bed and head to the grocery store.
SHAMELESS!
C

Anabel Fournier said...

you made me laugh with the pj's stuff... my kids have been asking me about that since we arrived in DC.
glad to have you back. have a wonderful day.... or rest of the day for you now :-)

Flora said...

I miss the choices too when I go back to the US. I didn't realize there were so many toothpastes, shampoos, types of food, etc. to choose from!

I don't miss the urban sprawl and enormous shopping centers. They are so ugly.

Flora

Tiff Kaya said...

haha the pj jeans is hilarious!
your list is so funny :) i miss the states too. i miss yummy toasted and cheese sandwiches with hot creamy soup, long car rides, and walmart/other marts just becuase i love walking around in martkets and such.
Happy new year!
xxx

andrea despot said...

yay! you're back! i'm glad you had such a wonderful time :) and i know how you feel about not having a barnes & noble. i'm in the US, but the closest one is an hour away. and i hate it :(

and flowers pick themselves said...

HELLO DARLING!!!

:)

xo Alison

Teenage Bride said...

Well hello again and welcome back!

Mary Lou (not really a pseudonym) said...

welcome back! :)

à la Modest said...

Heck yes, I agree with the "don't miss" list! You must be surrounded by stylish people everywhere being in Switzerland, but I guess I'm stereotyping because you're in Europe. It's a good stereotype :)

By the way, I might sound like a jerk by saying this, but I have to say it because it's a funny coincidence that my friend, who just recently visited me, told me how she was teased by a language nazi for tweeting "Barnes and NobleS" when "Noble" doesn't have an S. Her friend was so ticked off about it and told her to go on the internet and type "bn.com" and report back to her what she said was on the header of the website and compare it to her tweet. Haha. Anyway, I think I used to say it with an S too up until my friend told me about it, so don't feel bad. I was just like you (up until a few weeks ago).

Hope you had a great New Year's!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Welcome home friend, we missed you! I am so tired of seeing people out in what look like pajamas. I want to tell them they forgot to get dressed, that and boys with their pants so low they can barely walk and I can see their underwear, but I stray. Happy Belated birthday as well!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

omgosh i miss cereal SO MUCH.....the euros just don't know how to do it, do they? and i couldn't agree more with the "-Bleach blonde girls in UGG boots, pajama pants and orange faces (clones?)
-People wearing PJ's everywhere." statement....

chrischaos said...

happy new years!!!

Sara Szatmary said...

welcome back beautiful!

Staley Mc said...

Welcome back! Ugh I so know what you mean about Walmart and girls in their pj pants everywhere. I just don't get the appeal of that!

Croatian_Latina said...

Welcome back!! I can agree with all the things you don't miss about the States. I too felt overwhelmed with so many products and choices! I'm trying not to go overboard and stick with my minimalistic way of thinking.LOL

Paislea Elyse said...

hahahha!! you are just too cute! i love this post. i'm glad that you got to experience the US...the good, the bad...and the cloned... ha. i completely agree. bleach blondes with UGG boots and victoria's secret sweats and fake tans are just not attractive...i have never understood that fashion trend...but oh well!

i'm glad that you're back and we can catch up with you!!

allister bee blog

Sara Bentley @ Purses Pastries Etc... said...

You're back! Yay! I've missed your daily posts but glad you had fun :)

Nikki said...

Welcome back! I was thinking of getting Ugg boots...but now I'm not sure. I'm pale, would that help? ;)

I do love how the Europeans dress to impress!

Missy Cheeks said...

Welcome back and happy 2011 :D
kisses and take care

Blicious said...

happy new year!!

xoxo
b

Mrs. Parker said...

Welcome "back!" Glad to hear you enjoyed your trip home!

xo anna

Hollie said...

I was just wondering, earlier today, when you'd be back! :] Happy late birthday.

ps. bleachblondes + uggs + orange faces. omg! I know.

Fashion Cappuccino said...

Horray!! I'm glad to have you back! lol..yeah, I know what you mean about the cereal aisle! People wearing PJs everywhere, really? Here, people wear biknis everywhere, how do you like that? :-P, I'm exaggerating but you will see a lot of shorts and flip flops. See you again soon :-) xooxoxoxo

Ashley said...

You know, I think those bleach blonde clones are trying to take over the world. We must fight back!!! Close down the tanning salons! Prohibit the bleach!!

Glad you are back :)

katie said...

so glad your back! happy to hear you had a great holiday!
happy new year!

Dancing Branflake said...

Welcome back!!!!!

And I seriously dislike all your US dislikes also. Go USA!

Marie said...

I definitely also hate the smell of fast food everywhere here. Looking forward to more of your posts!

Carolina said...

Welcome back to to the old world! I hope you had a fantastic christmas holiday!

Karina Cifuentes said...

Welcome back, Krystal! Hope you had a lovely holiday. :)

xoxo,
Dreaming of Palm Trees

Stephany said...

I'm so happy you're back! I was just thinking about you this week. :) I trust you had a fun time & happy belated birthday! Yay for 2011 - it's going to be a great year.

Ninjagaiden78 said...

"Bleach Blonde girls wearing Uggs" -
In Ca, that is everywhere.

windowshopz.com

Hannah @ The New Black said...

I'm SO with you on the clones!! I don't know who told them it looks good, but it is seriously out of control.

Rhiannon Nicole said...

Hey Bff :) I love your list of things here. So many things I too would not miss about the US or Canada! And guess what? My Mum called me from Canada to say a packaged arrived all the way from YOU! She says she may keep the scarf and even nibbled away at some of the chocolate you gave as a bonus. You are so sweet!! I am honoured to call you a best bud hehe Happy 2011 love muffin!! XOXO

Josie said...

Love your list, my dear -- I wouldn't miss the Uggs either, but don't know if I could live without Barnes and Noble -- it's one of my favorite places!
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Catita said...

Hey sweetie! glad to have you back! And love reading what you like and dont about back home! I totally dig the cheap prices in the US too, did quite the shopping spree in NYC!
Happy New Year!
xoxo
Catita

Claudia Paola. said...

I liked reading what you missed and didn't miss about the USA. I live half the year in Rome, Italy and half the year in NYC, so I am always interested in finding out about other people's international experiences! Happy new year!

*Claudia* xoxo
Molto ❤ Fashion

Zee said...

Oh how funny! I live in a college town so I see the blond girls with bad tans, short shorts, and UGG boots everywhere. Definitely an eye sore!

Kelsey said...

just as much as it feels good to be back, it feels just as good to have you back <3 <3

Mumbles said...

Hi, how are you?
Your days in the US must have been amazing, ahahaha yeah, I can understand why you don't miss blonde girls with ugg and orange faces ahaha
HAPPY NEW YEAR!

♥ Marley

this free bird said...

Welcome back gf!! Great to see you. I guess pajamas and uggs are not in your 2011...whew!

xo,
C

Winnie's Wardrobe said...

:D Welcome back to the blogging world!.. and thank you for the lovely comment & happy belated birthday :)
xx

Grace said...

Yes I also do not think I'd miss the orange faced clones if I left.

Love Grace.

Marcie said...

Love the Ugg characterization! Where were you in the US? And I agree with Walmart, not a charming store.

I may be coming to Switzerland (or at least Lake Como which is close) sometime in May!!!

xo M

naoma* said...

Ohh Boy do I hear you and that stuff that you don't miss!! I miss the choices too plus root beer [I haven't been able to find that here] I haven't been home [The US] in SEVEN months... and there is still another SIX months for me to go!

Well, a bit about my self.. let's see .. I'm a hybrid. I am half mexican half american and I grew up both places! I am now in France finish my degree here [this is my last year] in french literature! :) I love Europe but I miss the States.

I am madly in love with Switzerland... and you live in my favorite swiss city! My uncle lives there so the summer of '09 I got to visit and tour a bit of Switzerland but this last summer I went to live with him for a month and toured a WHOLE BUNCH!! I still prefer Luzern though.. just wish they spoke french there instead of German but you can't have it all. :)

What's your story?

http://www.voyagesinfrance.blogspot.com

Elaine said...

Hahahah, yes... the things you DON'T miss from the US is what the US is known for.

www.clothedmuch.com

Katie said...

Welcome back!

liz said...

Yay!!
and sadly what Elaine says is true, yuck.

Tonio said...

haha!! I wouldnt miss uggs too.

THELOVELYSANDOTBLOGSPOTDOTCOM

Mia Delessi said...

I know that feeling. I miss my home country a lot!
And about the beach blonde girls in UGG boots, I have one next to me!

Jamie said...

Welcome home! I'm laughing about your cereal aisle comment - when I was living in Brazil I'd come home and freak out at the grocery store. I just didn't know how to handle that kind of choice after having so little.

stephanie said...

I was so happy to stumble upon your blog! I loved your ornament tutorial too (triangles have such a deliciousness about them!!) and the fact that you are adventuring in Switzerland (having spend a lot of time with family friends in Basel, I am extreeemely jealous!). Happy writing! :-)

Elle Sees said...

i missed ice, even though i rarely drink stuff w/ice.
and i missed the US fast food vs the same brands overseas.

Jess said...

Yayyy - glad you're back and that you had a great break!!

Erica said...

Happy New Year! Welcome back!

LyddieGal said...

I could totally adjust to life without walmart, pjs being worn in public dunkin donuts, and fewer cereal choices.
I think I need to move.

Chic on the Cheap

Punctuation Mark said...

happy new year and i agree with the beach blonds... that's terrible!

ching said...

welcome home dear!

Marissa said...

This post makes me realize I don't know nearly enough about you. Are you American and living in Switzerland? I feel so silly not knowing. I'm sure these are all things I'll learn since I just started following you. And hopefully I'll see a photo of Bama soon, too. :)

E said...

Welcome back! Sounds like a great vacation!!!

Isabel said...

happy new year! i hope you had a wonderful trip :)

rebecca said...

yay!!! welcome back officially.

Kristin said...

Welcome home pretty lady and happy new year!

Katz NYC said...

Doesn't it feel good to be home? Love the feeling of returning from somewhere. Happy New Year dear!

Lynn said...

welcome back! and thanks for your note too.

sounds like it was the swellest of times. good to hear. your hits and misses are so funny and cute. Wendy's (oh no square burger meat ; ) but Choices is so well loved, i spend a lot of time perusing those aisles of goodness. do they really wear pj's all the time? that's hilarious.

i love Switzerland though and have been lucky enough to go there twice. each time staying at Hotel Otter in Zurich on Oberdorfstrasse. have you heard of it, kinda an underground sorta joint but i loved all the artsy people and super cool rooms. there''s a fab bar on the main floor too. ♥

heidi adnum said...

Welcome back!

abigail oliveros said...

I don't like having my birthday around Christmas either. Presents are not as piled up hehehe. It makes me upset too because I could have been born in 1992 if I had been born 4 days earlier but then that would make my birthday closer to christmas.

Yvette said...

So cool you went to the US! Welcome back!

xoxo

www.afashionhouseofcards.blogspot.com

Gracie said...

I hope you have a fantastic year! And I'm sure you will have many adventures.

x

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

Glad to have you back darling!

Oh I can't WAIT to be overwhelmed with choices when I'm back!

little t said...

Welcome back! You've just given me serious cravings for dunkin donots- don't have them in Ireland either :(

Signe said...

Good to have you back and glad you had a great time!! I've missed you blog while you were away :)

Hugs,
Signe

Buckeroomama said...

Welcome back! =)

"How everything everywhere is trying to sell you something."

LOL! Sounds like Hong Kong!

Anna Walker said...

Haha what you listed about what you don't miss from the US is what I don't like about the US, except, I wear UGG boots, but I'm not orange or blonde! :)

Leia said...

So so glad you're back! There are positives and negatives about anywhere you live, aren't there? A 'perfect' place really doesn't exist!

Leia

kristine said...

I loved your lists about what you miss and don't miss about the US! 'Choices' was something I hadn't thought about! But I guess that's true, on our honeymoon we went to Europe and they had the tiniest little grocery stores! That I absolutely adored, but still. Haha, and people wearing PJ's everywhere. I guess that IS strange.


Kristine. Or Polly.

{Selma} Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Glad you had a great time!
I agree with everything you just mentioned that we love or don't love about the US. Choices is fun. Would you believe though I can't find lady fingers. I know they exist but can't find them. WTF?!!! Seriously. Of all the stores and choice...grr...However, UGG boots are cool when you don't live in a winter place...they are not made for cold weather. My sole opinion but still. Don't own a pair though.

Happy Friday!!!

Valerie said...

Welcome back! I'm so glad you had a great trip visiting your family and friends. Cereal is one of my favorite things in the world, so I understand why you'd miss the variety here! Happy New Year!

xo
Valerie

Sanny said...

This sounds like a fantastic trip to me! I wish to go on a trip real soon. So fun and relaxing!

Nice to have your back, miss you and all your posts already!

Have an excellent weekend! (;
Sanny's Head to Heart

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

omg, i 100% agree with your "do not miss" list. it was always like serious culture shock when we'd go home to visit.
plus, internet phones became a thing while we were in europe, so i was SO CONFUSED by these tiny spaceship phones everyone had. i was basically 75 yrs old when it came to cell phones. haha.

and barnes and noble! omg,heaven!

shani,shanna,manon said...

Thanks for your lovely comment. <3
haha, and I'll miss Dunkin Donuts coffee as well..
xoxo, Shani

Sandy a la Mode said...

yayyyy soo happy to have you back hunni~!!!! haha that's funny to see your list of things that you don't miss from the US!! people do wear PJs... especially to walmart haha!!

Joy said...

Welcome back!! I am happy that you had a great time with friends and family. However, I know the feeling of being home.

*Simply Colette* said...

Your lists had me laughing! Ugg girls with orange faces... reminded me of the sorority clones from my college days. ;)

Nnenna said...

Glad to hear that you made it home safely! Haha and I love your comment about being overwhelmed by the cereal aisle here :)

Molly said...

So, so, so, so glad you're back. And very happy to hear that you had a great Holiday visit!


Thanks for the Daily Mile motivation, boy oh boy, do I need it.

Leaving the House in THIS?!?!

mienkintoshfairie said...

Happy that you're back, and I agree with your list! I'm tired of seeing people wearing Ugg boots and pajamas everywhere! Then there's the sorostitutes...

Chuzai Living said...

Welcome back! We had a late vacation, so we're going home from our vacation in Vietnam. How funny you saw many people in the States wearing PJ's! Really?? Look forward to following you again this year. Kaho

Flirty 30 said...

Welcome back - we have missed you! :-)

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

PS - i feel like i forgot to say this:

i miiiissed you too, and am so glad you're back to providing me with pretty things to covet. :)

 

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