North America Travel

Things I’m Looking Forward to in the USA

On Our Way

Location: Royal Caribbean

Today we board Voyager of the Seas, a beautiful Royal Carribean ship for the 8500 mile journey from Sydney to Seattle. This will be the longest cruise we have ever taken – 23 days. Plenty of time to think about the things I’m looking forward to in the USA.

I am looking forward to a slow decompression and a slow and easy re-entry to the culture of the United States.

No matter how long you are out of the United States I now realize there are some things you just long for.  It’s not a big list for me, but it’s made up

Things I’m looking forward to in the USA

Time together as a family

of the things I find comforting;

The numbwr one things I’m looking forward to in the USA is My Kids – my grown children are my pride and joy and I really look forward to a lot of time together this summer.  We also look forward to seeing all the rest of our family as well.  Many things have happened in 18 months and we all have a lot of catching up to do.

Tacos – Good ole American Tacos.  I need one right now.  I’ve been on the search for tacos everywhere we travel and it is definitely one of the things I’m looking forward to in the USA.

French press – the world is ruled by Nescafé

Fish Tacos


instant coffee and I miss my morning French Press.

Cycling – one of the simplest and best exercise routines I’ve ever had – riding my bike several times a week and I just can’t wait to be back on my bike.

Having all food orders arrive at the table at the

Things I’m looking forward to in the USA


same time – last night I finished my dinner before Arne’s even arrived. This is common in many countries, but almost unheard of in the states and definitely one of the things now I’m looking forward to in the USA.

Washer and Dryer – I think American’s take these appliances for granted more than any other and I certainly look forward to that convenience again for a while.

Not needing to carry a roll of toilet paper in my

Things I’m looking forward to in the USA


purse- ‘nuff said.

Going to the Movie – I have only seen a movie a couple of times on an airplane in the past 18 months and I have not watched TV at all.  I do enjoy a movie on the big screen and I’m looking forward to that.

Driving- I’ve only driven once in the past 18 months.  It will be great being behind the wheel and driving with relatively sane drivers again.

Things I’m looking forward to in the USA


Alaskan Salmon and Dungeness Crab – growing up on these foods my mouth waters at the thought of them.  I NEVER order salmon anywhere because I know it is likely farmed and crab isn’t crab unless it’s Dungeness in my book so I can’t wait to taste these favs again – I’ve been spoiled by Pacific Northwest seafood and it is certainly one of the things I’m looking forward to in the USA.

My Book Club, My Cooking Club, My High School Girls, The Martini Mamas and all my other friends – I look forward to those moments of loud joyful

Things I’m looking forward to in the USA



laughter, funny stories, reminiscing and sharing.  And although I will only have a few opportunities to catch up this summer it is something I’m excited to do.

Safeway – I miss my favorite grocery store and my tried and true staple items and ingredients.  It will be great fun to have a fully stocked American kitchen and I can’t wait to cook for my family just like the old days.

Things I’m looking forward to in the USA

More crab

Ten varieties of lettuce, a dozen varieties of apples, eight different kinds of potatoes – I look forward to the gluttony of produce we have at our fingertips in the USA.

My Hairdresser and my Manicurist – although I have had pretty good luck with both haircuts and manicures out here in the big wide world, it will be wonderful being back with my very own who I know and trust.

Things I’m looking forward to in the USA

My hairdresser and friend Michael

Fourth of July – growing up this day was as anticipated as Christmas and I’m looking forward to a good ole summer family Fourth of July American BBQ – even if I have to plan it myself!  How American is that?  A patriot at heart and one of the summertime things I’m looking forward to in the USA.

Arne is looking forward to running everyday on familiar territory as well as baseball and good craft beer!

So get ready USA we are on my way!!

NOTE – WiFi will be infrequent if at all on the cruise. I hope to post when I can.

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  • Reply Ruth Martin

    Looking forward to seeing you soon!

    April 21, 2018 at 6:56 am
    • Reply Laureen

      Not as much as I’m looking forward to seeing you! Still have my good luck cross ❤️

      April 21, 2018 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Janey

    I hear ya sistah!!!! The 2 most wonderful things that always enveloped me when is get home from long sailing adventures…the smell of our lush green grass in hot summer and that first walk into my house feeling soft carpet between my toes!!!!! First time I remember just floating across the room on softness!!
    Funny the things we take for granted.
    That first hug from my sons was pretty awesome too!!!!
    Welcome back!!!!!

    April 25, 2018 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Dylan Wright

    I like reading your blog. He is very positive and gives me the mood for the whole day

    May 10, 2018 at 12:02 pm
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