Spending time in the U.S. again, both in Florida and now in Texas, gives me a new foundation for making comparisons between Scotland—where I’ve spent the past seven years—and America. What I’ve missed most…
A plethora of churches, every denomination and non-denomination; plenty of “God Bless America” banners, and “Merry Christmas.”
Blue Cheese Dressing. For seven years, salads have never tasted this good.
Buffets. All you can eat from a colossal assortment of restaurants.
Free refills. On beverages at restaurants, along with wait staff who return several times, always with smiles and offers to top up iced tea, coffee, or sodas.
Outdoor Christmas decorations replete with Nativity Scenes and awash with colored lights on houses, trees and along yard borders.
Sun and warm weather. Wearing shorts and a T-shirt in December.
Steak. Huge, affordable, tender steaks.
Houses of different colors. Here in Laredo, Texas, houses follow the rainbow. Outside colors include lilac, pink, turquoise, blue, purple, yellow, orange, magenta, lime green, red-brown, gold, Jesus Is Alive Green…house colors are only limited by the owner’s imagination and preference.
Cactus. Of all shapes and types—growing in yards and rock flowerbeds.
Wildlife. Including reptiles like turtles, snakes, and lizards.
Family. I’ve missed family most. Blue Cheese Dressing isn’t even in the running…really.