Because of some power outages in the Chicago area, we spent our first night in America in a Holiday Inn Express. The next morning, we hit the breakfast buffet like Tom Hanks in “Cast Away” (the movie where Hanks is stranded on an island). Now, we eat well – very well – in Greece, but we simply aren’t used to the selection, the options, the choices that are available in the United States everyday. Kristin, again, felt overwhelmed the next day at Target, looking for baby food. Rather than a half dozen varieties (what Kristin usually finds in Greece), she was taken aback by an entire row of “infant nutrition” products.
We’re had a very nice time in America, but have experienced some of the “reverse culture shock” that we’ve read about (nothing serious… I’m not coming home from Target and crying in the corner tucked up in the fetal position). We’ve had a great time. We’ve spent time with family and friends, celebrated Christmas and New Year, celebrated Sofia’s birthday (which is tomorrow!), watch the chicken pox come and go, and enjoyed some R & R. We return to Greece in just three days. Although we will miss our family and friends, we are excited to return home.