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things i won’t miss

January 10, 2012

I’m trying really hard to think of reasons why I don’t like Europe so that I can lessen the blow of being back home.

Here’s what I won’t miss:

  • Having to order bottled water at meal times. After 9 days and approximately $150, I am very much over the European bottled water monopoly. L.A.’s polluted tap water? Yes please.

We headed to an Indian restaurant in Madrid. Rice and dal are the perfect foods when you need a vacation detox. Which I did.

  • Wearing all black ensembles. Did I ever mention my packing strategy? 99% of the stuff I pack is black – this means I don’t have a problem getting dressed in the morningΒ and it maximizes coverage against Maya’s vomit. But after 9 days I’m very excited to have access to my entire closet again.

Shrimp, caviar, and mango salad at La Rotonda in Madrid. I will never acquire a taste for caviar.

  • Having to ask Maya, “Are you going to throw up?” every five seconds.Β As you may be able to tell, my world revolves around Maya and her barf. Sad but true.

I had one bite of this lava cake and realized I might as well hook myself up to an IV of sugar - it was that sweet. Ali polished it off with no problem though.

  • Eating at ridiculous times. Who eats dinner at 9:30 pm? I don’t get that about Spain. I need to eat by 7:30 pm otherwise I feel disgusting going to bed on a full stomach. Is it just me?

This was the calm before the storm because Maya threw up very shortly after I took this photo. And I had a feeling she would.

  • The scarcity of butter.Β I love butter. I actually sometimes just eat it straight up – I know how gross that is but I can’t stop. So you can imagine my frustration in Europe where they grudgingly hand you a dainty sliver and get annoyed when you ask for more. My butter dish and I are reunited – and it feels so good.
Yes, I realize these reasons are stupid. Yes, I’m already counting down until my next flight to Europe. And yes, there are just 167 days left.
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  1. January 10, 2012 12:27 am

    Shrimp, caviar, and mango salad! Yum!

    • January 10, 2012 5:24 pm

      It would have been better minus the caviar…I had no idea it was on there since the menu didn’t say anything about it!

  2. January 10, 2012 12:37 am

    Once you go black…

  3. January 10, 2012 3:23 am

    Home sweet home!!
    Europe is crazy expensive and more so for water. That is why people there prefer alcohol over water.

    • January 10, 2012 5:25 pm

      Really? I had no idea water costs more than alcohol there! Crazy.

  4. January 10, 2012 3:28 am

    Love your photos, Maya is just adorable in her Uggs! I regularly remind myself about things I DON’T miss about living in England…one of my biggies is walking home, in the rain, carrying groceries, and balancing out an umbrella! Thank you Mumbai for giving me access to a car & driver without breaking the bank πŸ™‚

  5. January 10, 2012 4:47 am

    That is a good idea, Ameena to pack mostly black. Everything goes together and no one is ever sure if they saw you in that outfit already! Welcome Home!!

    • January 10, 2012 5:29 pm

      Except that in all my pictures I look like I’m wearing the same thing. πŸ™‚

  6. January 10, 2012 5:57 am

    Europe is amazing for all the wrong reasons, hence why its so dam good.

  7. January 10, 2012 5:58 am

    I felt the same way about the late dinner time in Argentina. Eating at a reasonable time/not right before bed was on my list of reasons it was good to be home from SA too…

    • January 10, 2012 5:30 pm

      So people in Argentina eat late too? Suddenly I don’t want to visit there as much as I thought I did…

  8. January 10, 2012 6:18 am

    I think I may tag along on your next trip, even if that means wearing all black! πŸ˜‰ Glad y’all had a fun trip.

    • January 10, 2012 5:30 pm

      If you join us can Maya hang out with you? πŸ™‚

  9. January 10, 2012 6:27 am

    Wait, scarcity of butter in Europe? Even in France? Strange. There’s hardly any a worry of that here!

    • January 10, 2012 5:31 pm

      It’s not really scare…they just don’t want to give it to you! It’s very odd.

  10. January 10, 2012 6:47 am

    I know Indians always eat dinner late, kids included. My mum was considered a crazy woman since she made us eat early and sleep early. Now I have to eat by 7:30 pm or I lose my appetite.

    • January 10, 2012 5:31 pm

      7:30 is exactly right…I’m probably considered a crazy person too!

  11. January 10, 2012 6:49 am

    Oh, you know you are preaching to the “things I won’t miss choir!” At the top of the list is dinner time!!! UGH! I refuse to eat so late.

    Unless we are out with friends or out on a date I eat promptly by 7 PM at home. Sometimes earlier. I don’t get it. I never will. But at least I won’t be sick from my dinner coming back up as I am trying to sleep.

    So glad you made it safely back to your butter dish and your colorful closet. πŸ™‚

    • January 10, 2012 5:32 pm

      How do you eat out in Madrid Kristen? I don’t think I could live there for that reason alone.

      • January 11, 2012 10:17 am

        We’ve resorted to eating out mainly for lunch. I hate that too though. Lunch is at noon – not 3 PM! But I do what I have to do. Not much longer though… πŸ™‚

  12. January 10, 2012 6:53 am

    I think you should just hire me as like, the greatest nanny in the entire world/shopping buddy/dining buddy/BFF for your next trip to Europe. I totally think I’m available.

    • January 10, 2012 5:33 pm

      If you are interested in cleaning up vomit you may just have a job!

  13. January 10, 2012 6:59 am

    That salad looks beautiful; seriously! And I absolutely feel you in regard to the European bottled water- SO EXPENSIVE; when I’m in Scandinavia though I normally just drink the tap water because it’s so pristine anyhow.
    Funny, that picture of Maya reminds me of my sister and I when we were kids

    • January 10, 2012 5:33 pm

      I want to go to Scandinavia! It sounds so posh and classy….

  14. January 10, 2012 7:06 am

    When traveling (especially when I fly), I usually pick either blacks or browns for the trip. That way, I save myself from dragging along 8 pairs of shoes. The footwear is always my biggest issue…

    • January 10, 2012 5:34 pm

      I took 3 pairs of shoes – black boots, black flats, and my running shoes. All black makes it so easy!

  15. January 10, 2012 7:13 am

    Home sweet home! It’s always a good feeling to be back home and especially when you’ll be back to Europe for the Spring again!
    I have to have rice every day, no matter what. If I don’t, then I will always feel like I miss on something and that my life is meaningless.. I’m sure it has something to do about being an Indonesian.. πŸ˜‰

    • January 10, 2012 5:35 pm

      I love rice…lately I’ve been eating it for breakfast. It’s like the perfect food. Really, it is.

  16. January 10, 2012 8:05 am

    haha i did a similar post after Europe. the closet is a really nice thing to come back to, living out of a suitcase is challenging! but, vomit aside, it sounds like you had quite the amazing trip!

  17. January 10, 2012 8:17 am

    The eating dinner late drove me up the wall! We once walked into a restaurant in Barcelona at 730pm and they had spread out all the produce they were planning to use in tonights meal…all across the main dining area! Suffice it to say that they were not open for dinner yet!

    • January 10, 2012 5:36 pm

      I can’t imagine!

      I found restaurants in Barcelona were open much earlier than Madrid – which was great!

  18. January 10, 2012 8:38 am

    I am with you on the eating late. I am such a grandma I like to have dinner no later than 6. That way an hour or two later I can have frozen yogurt and still be fine by bedtime. Eating and then going straight to bed is the worst.

    • January 10, 2012 5:37 pm

      6 is really early! I don’t think you can visit Spain because people are still finishing up lunch at that time. πŸ™‚

  19. January 10, 2012 8:53 am

    Oh yes water is most expensive, many of my colleagues used to tell they preferred beer instead of water, i used to laugh now i understand! butter scarcity? my mum is butter lover like you, she really enjoy just them with small piece of bread specially when she is Finland with me, she wouldn’t mind for every morning BF! oh that salad looks so YUM!

    • January 10, 2012 5:37 pm

      Beer instead of water? I can’t say the same here!!

  20. January 10, 2012 9:19 am

    haha I’m enjoying your attempt to not miss Europe so much.
    The late dinners would make me crazy. I get annoyed when I have to wait until 7:00. Thats when mean Leah starts to show up, and no one wants that. πŸ™‚

    • January 10, 2012 5:38 pm

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one who has to eat early. For a while I thought I was the crazy one…

  21. January 10, 2012 9:32 am

    All black for traveling is a really good idea. Coordinating outfits when I pack stresses me out. I betcha I would have devoured that sweet lava cake. Yum. My all time fav. It’s always good to be back home after a trip and then you always have the next vacation to look forward to.

    • January 10, 2012 5:38 pm

      Yes, my mom always said to have another vacation to look forward to, so you can lessen the blow of being home!

  22. January 10, 2012 10:14 am

    I cannot go to bed with any feeling of food in my stomach, I must feel slightly hungry. It’s just gross.

  23. January 10, 2012 10:30 am

    Sounds like you had a great trip even with a bit of vomiting thrown in. I love Europe and even got to live for 3 months in Vienna and the thing I am always happiest about coming home is having ice in my drink and not being served room temperature Diet Coke. I can only speak German but can ask for ice in a multitude of languages.

    • January 10, 2012 5:39 pm

      Vienna was so pretty but the food? Not so good! Or maybe we just didn’t know where to go?

  24. January 10, 2012 10:34 am

    Love that picture of Maya! Glad you’re now relieved of your barf monitoring duties – hope your holiday was fabulous πŸ™‚

  25. January 10, 2012 10:45 am

    Going back home after being abroad is wonderful. I’m curious as to why Maya vomits so much! Health reasons? Allergy? Seriously, there is nothing worse than wearing vomit. Ew!!

    • January 10, 2012 5:40 pm

      She gets motion sickness in planes, cars, trains…poor kid. I sort of feel sorrier for myself though…

  26. January 10, 2012 11:07 am

    Asking for Ice!
    No fountain sodas!
    Getting lost … a lot….

    I love your packing strategy with wearing black. I am skiing for the second time this season (and3rd in my life!) and will pack all black. Thanks!

    • January 10, 2012 5:41 pm

      Luckily I don’t need ice or sodas but getting lost? I am an expert on that!

  27. January 10, 2012 11:15 am

    I think maya has a sensitive stomach like you Ameena…have you taken her to a doctor?
    smart thinking with the all black for puke camouflage..brillant! btw that first pic of you looks awesome

    • January 10, 2012 5:41 pm

      The doctor insists Maya will grow out of her motion sickness but I don’t know…it’s not getting too much better and she’s already 6!

  28. January 10, 2012 11:46 am

    Indian food for detox? How fun! You’re right about Europe being addictive. I cannot wait to go back either; but I have no idea when. And I can’t eat after 8 pm. I end up tossing and turning in grief until 2 am or even later. Or i drink a gallon of decaf green tea.

    • January 10, 2012 5:41 pm

      Decaf green tea is the best…have you tried Trader’s version?

  29. Allie permalink
    January 10, 2012 12:04 pm

    At least you were able to come up with reasons πŸ˜‰ 167 days will fly by !

  30. January 10, 2012 12:25 pm

    maya sure looks comfy in first class and that salad looks amazing!

    • January 10, 2012 5:42 pm

      Maya makes herself comfy everywhere…sometimes I fear she’s a tad bit too used to things….

  31. January 10, 2012 1:15 pm

    i’m headed to vienna & prague on the 30th. thanks for the heads up on the butter πŸ˜‰

    • January 10, 2012 5:43 pm

      Vienna is very pretty! I can’t remember if the butter is rationed out there or not…I hope not. πŸ™‚

  32. Leslie permalink
    January 10, 2012 1:19 pm

    Happy New Year, sweetie! I wish you, Ali, and Maya a wondrous year full of adventure (and Ali’s learning to make a sandwich with only one knife!).

    You didn’t rent a car there? The price of gas/ petrol is dizzyingly high imho. But the everything is exorbitant as well, even if the dollar is strong. One more reason to appreciate life here in SoCal, as if 75 degree Januarys weren’t enough.

    Big hug!

    • January 10, 2012 5:44 pm

      Happy New Year Leslie!

      No, we didn’t rent a car…Ali driving in the USA is bad enough. πŸ™‚

  33. January 10, 2012 1:32 pm

    Maya is a lucky girl for traveling so extensively at such a young age! Hopefully she learns not to puke so much in the future πŸ˜‰

    • January 10, 2012 5:44 pm

      She is super lucky! I want her to be very used to traveling though so she’ll be more cultured than me. πŸ™‚

  34. January 10, 2012 1:49 pm

    Ahhhhhh, what a glorious trip you had! Honey, I don’t know how you can handle so much vomit…I would die. I hate it and this is one strong reason I question having children. EEEKKK!

    I hear ya with the bottled water, but I hate icky tap water as well, it makes me feel gross and heavy. I’m a filtered water gal, and I’m nervous about spending endless amounts of water when away in Miami this week. BLAH!

    xxoo

    • January 10, 2012 5:45 pm

      I thought I would die if I had to clean up vomit. Thus why God gave me a child who gets motion sickness at every opportunity!

  35. January 10, 2012 2:15 pm

    Butter is scarce but not in this part of europe – UK. I can understand the irritation with the cost of mineral water. We drink it at home all the time but it’s alot cheaper in the supermarket. The food looks delicious though. GG

    • January 10, 2012 5:45 pm

      I don’t understand why people in Europe don’t use filters like we do…like the Brita? It would be so much cheaper…

  36. sana permalink
    January 10, 2012 2:20 pm

    sigh- your reasons are good but not good enough. πŸ™‚ its hard being back from vacation. I say buy a couple of bistro chairs, sit out in a quaint patio, put on any of verdi’s operas and consume cappuccinos and nutella.

    • January 10, 2012 5:46 pm

      I want to do all those things. But in Europe. 😦

  37. January 10, 2012 2:25 pm

    Welcome back! I know, it is such a sad feeling. The only reason I don’t like Europe is because i don’t think their standard matches the US standard, you know what I mean? Like, staying in a 4 star (for me) isn’t the same as a 4 star in the US. On top of that, they charge you more. My husband would love you – he was up my a$$ about going to an indian restaurant the entire trip – but I caved in after 6 days, I couldn’t take it, I wanted subzi, dal, roti so bad!!! I needed spice. I haven’t ever tried caviar, it just looks so eheww. And omg, you eat butter straight up? Really? That’s crazy and you are in amazing shape.
    When’s your next trip?

    • January 10, 2012 5:47 pm

      I always have to find an Indian restaurant wherever we go…it’s so needed to detox!

      We are going to the UK again in June. I can’t wait!

  38. Piya permalink
    January 10, 2012 4:04 pm

    growing up outside of the united states, i’m just so used to ordering bottled water everywhere, that i can’t get myself to drink tap even though i know it’s perfectly clean & safe!! it’s all in my mind and i can’t help it. it drives my husband nuts πŸ˜›

    • January 10, 2012 5:47 pm

      We usually drink Brita water around here…so much cheaper!

  39. January 10, 2012 4:05 pm

    Yeah, those are some pretty big stretches. Except for the throwing up thing. I’d still be heading to Europe but would be looking for a sitter here in the States. Don’t tell Maya I said that. Or Dudette for that matter.

    Glad you’re home….for 5 months, that is. πŸ™‚

    • January 10, 2012 5:49 pm

      I’m hoping to fit another trip in between…lets see if I can pull it off.

  40. January 10, 2012 4:21 pm

    I dont think I will ever acquire a taste for caviar either. The consistency grosses me out!!

    • January 10, 2012 5:50 pm

      Everything about it grosses me out…the smell, the consistency, the taste…

  41. Ashwini permalink
    January 10, 2012 5:17 pm

    My having dinner at 6:30 -7 PM is a topic at most parties. I dont know why. I’ve been called old, asked to ‘loosen up’ and many more things (not just for the dinner habit, but if a loose button is supposed to be in a ziploc in the 3rd drawer on the right, that’s where it should be, right? Right!). I’ve also been asked if my dad worked for the army?! People are weird, I have to just accept it. I’m normal. You agree right? πŸ™‚

    • January 10, 2012 5:51 pm

      I could have written this! People think I’m uptight because when I have a party I want people to get here before it’s time for me to go to bed. I think 6:30 and 7 are very reasonable hours! Me and you should have dinner together at 6:30 and commiserate….

  42. caloricandcrazy permalink
    January 10, 2012 5:47 pm

    I’m worse than you in that I’m ready for dinner by 5pm :P!
    The black ensemble thing is a pretty good idea though! Who wants to worry about what they’re going to wear on vacation?

    • January 10, 2012 5:52 pm

      Maya eats at 5pm. πŸ™‚ She can’t wait a minute past! But on vacation she had to learn….we all did.

  43. January 10, 2012 6:09 pm

    Spanish dinner timer are totally not representative for the rest of Europe! I’m used to having dinner around 7 or 7:30 pm. 8 pm at latest.

    I just found article on the internet saying that you can buy whole peeled garlic cloves in bulk at US supermarkets. I want something like that over here as well. I always have to peel the garlic myself.

    I’d also love to have almond milk and almond butter at the supermarkets. Here I have to go to an organic food store and pay a hilarious amount of money. And some things you don’t get here at all. Boo. 😦

    • January 11, 2012 7:55 am

      Trader Joe’s has a great little package of whole, peeled garlic cloves. I buy them…not sure I know what to really do with them! But they make life easy. πŸ™‚

  44. January 10, 2012 6:19 pm

    I could eat dinner at 11:00 pm! I love eating a late dinner!

    • January 11, 2012 7:55 am

      Really? But then how do you go to sleep on a full stomach?

  45. January 10, 2012 6:21 pm

    You just can’t skimp on the butter. I’d be packing my sticks in the suitcase! It sounds like it was a fun trip despite all that. So sorry about the barf. That’s never, ever fun.

    • January 11, 2012 7:56 am

      The barf was terrible but I kept telling myself that at least I was cleaning up barf in Spain and not in LA! πŸ™‚

  46. January 10, 2012 7:01 pm

    Ameena! Thanks for the comment on my blog, very nice of you.

    On Europe, I’ve been there once and it may be my last time since it was paid for by my inlaws for two weeks! My favorite country was Switzerland hands down. I loved it so much we got to take a horse and carriage into the country and stay with a family that made their own cheese. They served us their authentic food and visited with us on their quaint little farm-so fun. Also, not sure if you’re into tennis but Roger Federer is also born and raised there so…..I love him. My kids love Nadal more. If you don’t follow tennis this means nothing to you!

    The water! Yes, I could not believe Europe and their stinkin water, they don’t want to give it to you in a glass, it’s like the butter if you ask they’re annoyed and- if you ask for ice? I don’t know if there is ice in Europe?

    My kids eat the butter straight all the time. I catch my four year old under the table sometimes-maybe I won’t get on her so much if you’re doing it!!! Hahahaha

    Another great post-

    Shauna

    • January 11, 2012 7:57 am

      Thanks for the comment and the compliment Shauna!

      I can’t wait to visit Switzerland…it sounds so classy and pretty and conservative. I love places like that! I’m sure I won’t get to a farm but I’ll take the city over nothing. πŸ™‚

      And tennis is Ali’s racket (haha) I know nothing about sports!

  47. Janelle permalink
    January 10, 2012 7:42 pm

    What is with dinner at 9:30? There are a lot of things the Europeans do well, but late dinner does not top my list. Probably because I prefer to be asleep by 9:30.

    • January 11, 2012 7:58 am

      I guess not many Europeans wake up a 5 am like I do? There is no other explanation for the late dinner!!

  48. January 10, 2012 9:25 pm

    I’m lucky if I get to dinner as EARLY as 9:30! I’d say I was meant to be European but I would be pretty mad if denied butter.
    Bread and butter is one of my favorite things-I’m the annoying customer at Italian places who doesn’t want to use the olive oil(something about dunking my food in grease doesn’t work for me)and requests butter.

    • January 11, 2012 7:59 am

      I don’t want olive oil either…my bread needs butter or I usually don’t bother! Glad to know I’m not the only one here…

  49. January 10, 2012 9:26 pm

    I was thinking of you on our flight home from Maui… The kid behind us puked 4 times and the grandparents didn’t have a change of clothes for anyone!
    I call that a good-mom-point for you for planning ahead. πŸ˜‰

    • January 11, 2012 8:00 am

      Oh no. Poor grandparents! And poor you…it couldn’t have been fun sitting in front of vomit for such a long flight.

  50. January 10, 2012 9:47 pm

    I fainted at the ”9 days at 150$” information.
    Then I facepalmed at the fact Maya threw up again.

    I love how educational your blog is:
    -Never go to Europe
    -Never have kids
    -Never go to Europe with kids

    • January 11, 2012 8:00 am

      I love that I can teach people things! Like not to go to Europe with kids. These are important lessons my friend….

  51. January 10, 2012 10:19 pm

    –I love Europe.

    The food, wine, culture, history, pastry, food (oh, I already said that)…& the clothes!

    Love London. It Kicks Butt. xx

    • January 11, 2012 8:01 am

      London is still one of my favorite cities…the food there really makes it SO fabulous.

  52. January 11, 2012 12:01 am

    Well all in all the pluses of any vacation are way more then the minuses πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    • January 11, 2012 8:02 am

      Absolutely! I was just trying to justify having to come home, to real-life!

  53. January 11, 2012 1:09 am

    Feels great to be back home, isnt it?, inspite of having a great vacation…Maya looks gorgeous in the first snap and you too..:)…I envy that you have only 167 days left…:)

  54. January 11, 2012 1:11 am

    and even if u list down a 100 factors for not missing Europe, you will want to go there again…or may I am just prejudiced..:)

    • January 11, 2012 8:02 am

      Thank you for the compliment and yes…I want to go there again. ASAP! No matter how much the bottled water costs…

  55. January 11, 2012 4:10 am

    The nutritionist in me wonders if you’ve ever tried remedies to prevent the barfing, you seem the last person in the world to deal with barf. As great as travel is there’s something to be said to your (home) food and in this case water. Love the packing strategy. I need a strategy.

    • January 11, 2012 8:04 am

      The doctor claims Maya will grow out of her motion sickness but so far I think he’s just lying. I don’t even give her Tylenol so I don’t give her Dramamine…I’ve tried everything holistic but nothing works…

  56. Nicole permalink
    January 11, 2012 6:53 am

    actually re: rationed butter. the entire country of norway ran out of butter. fascinating story for nerds like me. πŸ˜› but it doesn’t seem like it’s a problem in the rest of europe.

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/money/2011/12/13/143632326/a-rich-country-runs-out-of-butter

    • January 11, 2012 8:05 am

      How crazy! So this is possible? I’m not being my usual dramatic self?

      Thanks for sharing Nicole!

  57. January 11, 2012 9:52 am

    My mom always said the one thing she doesn’t miss about me when I was under the age of ten was all the barf. I had tummy troubles even as a kid.

    Also, don’t be ashamed of the butter love. Every time I use it, I shave off a little piece for extras as well.

  58. Lady Jennie permalink
    January 11, 2012 12:31 pm

    Uggs and business (first?) class! That girl is set!

    What’s up with the butter? I thought it was pretty generous in France – no?

  59. January 11, 2012 2:44 pm

    How about having your bed magically made each morning while on vacation? What a pain that is!

  60. January 11, 2012 4:22 pm

    Dude I live in Canada…and there is a tub of butter with my name on it…however my gallbladder is still an asshole.
    Therefore I can only dream about the day when we can make out together…

  61. January 11, 2012 6:26 pm

    I think when you said 167 days until your next flight to Europe, you meant 167 days until you dress Maya in all black for the flight in an attempt to mitigate the effects of the vomit. It’s always easier to go to war when it’s not going to take you by surprise.

  62. January 11, 2012 8:41 pm

    Yes…I figure I’ll have to make a list like this too when I go to Paris in May. And I agree about late dinners. It drove me CRAZY when we were in Madrid. I get hungry way too early.

  63. January 12, 2012 5:04 am

    I never got to taste caviar but I have this assumption that I won’t like it. Shrimps are good to go though.

    we tend to have dinners even at 11:00 PM but I can understand your need to have one at 7:30 …. so I would count myself in the guilty ones .*raises his hand*

    Lava cake ..wouldn’t mind polishing that off . With Ali on this one :p

    Jeez thats an expensive water bottle :O….

    and maya looks adorable in the picture

    its been ages since I commented on your blog but just busy like hell with work stuff. Ah life of a solution architect. Hope you had a great and safe trip of Europe.

  64. January 12, 2012 11:03 am

    Ameena, you have a life I can only dream about. Your trip looked amazing. Aside of course, from the lack of butter and 30 dollar water bottles! Rish and I may be taking a trip to Europe over the summer, so I may hit you up for some ideas if you don’t mind. And had to mention that you look so gorgeous in that pic with Maya.

  65. January 12, 2012 11:48 pm

    My goodness, what’s a girl to do without her butter? I feel you on that one – and on the bottled water madness. I always just drank wine instead of water. Made for a very fun time…

    πŸ˜€

  66. Erika permalink
    January 13, 2012 6:42 am

    But aren’t you going to miss not having to cook? Maid service in the hotel room? You know someone else cleaning up husbands mess. High speed train travel. Oh and your lava cake, that looked one bite size anyway.

  67. January 13, 2012 1:38 pm

    I love that picture of you and Maya! PS I love that you’re brave enough to say you eat butter straight up. Respect. πŸ™‚

    • January 13, 2012 6:52 pm

      I will not lie about my love for butter!! πŸ™‚

  68. January 13, 2012 4:24 pm

    Hm I’ve never had caviar before…how does it actually taste? Wow you can eat butter straight up? Good for you..I think I haven’t tried that before but I love ghee though πŸ™‚
    That totally surprised me how Europeans don’t serve that much butter..

    After reading this post, I really want to make my Europe trip dream comes true!

  69. January 14, 2012 10:17 am

    Eating dinner at 9:30 pm? I don’t think I could get used to that…the food looks amazing though, and sounds like you had a wonderful trip πŸ™‚ Say hello to your butter dish for me, I would have a hard time leaving butter behind as well πŸ˜‰

  70. January 19, 2012 12:04 am

    It’s funny how you miss home when you’re away, but feel the need to get out of town when you’re home, huh? Us humans will never be satisfied. Haha. Sometimes I wonder why we couldn’t have wings like birds and just fly everywhere. And that is my cue to end this comment before it starts sounding any dumber. But before I go, that salad sounds yumms!

    • January 19, 2012 3:40 pm

      Funny you write this…Maya said something the other day about how cool it would be if we could fly around like birds! Not dumb at all. πŸ™‚

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