If you don’t know the answer, then shame on you. I’m back with a new outlook on life and a serious sugar addiction. Russia was so many things – amazing, beautiful, eye-opening, stressful, sad…the list goes on and on. I plan to do a series of posts (only a few – I promise I won’t bombard you with 2498920352 posts) on the trip so stay tuned!
For now let’s discuss the many things I missed while traveling. Umm MY CAT obviously.
What else? The food in Russia was often times glorious and fulfilling, but near the end I missed my usual eats a lot! Buckwheat pancakes, steamy oatmeal topped with organic berries and nut butter (oh mah gawd how I missed sunflower seed and almond butter), fresh veggies, greek yogurt, good coffee, and salads! Oh how I missed crisp green salads.
(recycled photo of a lovely green salad from a few weeks ago)
Something else I missed while traveling abroad? Running. You guys, I literally thought about running every.single.day. We walked miles upon miles during the 14 days in Russia, but my legs wanted more. My thoughts often sounded a bit like this: “I would love to run here” and “this is the perfect place and weather for a quick run“. I was clearly deprived.
Yesterday, my wish was granted.
In fact, two of my wishes were granted! I’ve always wanted to run in the rain and the weather finally permitted it. In all honesty, the 2 mile run was challenging especially ater five weeks of basically no running (I took time off after my half marathon and then went to Russia). However, the run reminded me how much I actually enjoy running. I can’t wait to make it a habit again!
I also missed the cleanliness and fresh air here in the U.S. Russian air was very polluted and literally stuffed my nose with dirt.
(old photo from one of my favorite running spots)
Lets not forget another major thing I missed…the blog world! I actually managed to keep up with blog-reading with the limited internet access I had. What I didn’t have time for was actual blogging and commenting, and it feels great to start posting again. I missed you all!
That’s all I’ll write about Russia for now. I’ll leave the rest for future dedicated posts. I’m going to leave you with the obligatory I-freaking-hate-Mondays-and-today-is-even-worse-because-I-just-returned-from-vacation-and-have-to-drive-to-the-cornfields-for-the-work-week complaint. On the bright side of things, I’m so grateful for having the amazing opportunity to take two weeks from work to travel back to my homeland. Life is beautiful.
Here’s to a great start to the week!
What do you usually miss most when traveling?