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  1. Peter Korchnak @ Where Is Your Toothbrush?
    December 28, 2013

    Before departing on the big trip from Portland, Oregon, I expected to miss microbrews. So far I’ve been lucky to be able to try local products in almost every country we’ve visited, even Thailand. But I do miss me a good India Pale Ale! Other than that, from my home country Slovakia I miss the Horalky chocolate-and-peanut wafer and the occasional shot of borovička juniper-based spirit. Because I can’t have those anywhere but in Slovakia, I’ve come to think of such location-specific items as what makes the place special. I’m sure that after leaving Thailand I will miss some foods, too…

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 28, 2013

      I miss a LOT of Thai food, especially after being around those great night markets.

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  2. Melissa
    December 23, 2013

    Funny, even in NYC, which I consider bagel-land, I sometimes crave a decent bagel. My ‘hood doesn’t have great ones, so we need to trek a bit. That said, we get them about every other week. Wish I could send some your way!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 28, 2013

      Me, too! LOL

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  3. Terry at Overnight New York
    December 21, 2013

    Interesting question. As much as I loved Japan, I missed certain foods, notably layer cake with icing. And I was rarely able to get a pair of shoes that fit. Missed that, too.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 21, 2013

      I miss pies, sometimes, too. They don’t really do them here.

      I definitely hear you about the shoes! Shoes and clothes were such a challenge for me in SE Asia.

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  4. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    December 20, 2013

    Skipping at Christmas time should be a requirement for every child-at-heart! We love Christmas too!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 20, 2013

      LOL! Yes, I agree! Just be careful of patches of ice.

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  5. Kathryn
    December 19, 2013

    I know what you mean about Christmas decorations. I’ve never been big on them back home in NZ. I rarely even bother getting a tree. But I have enjoyed seeing Christmas decorations and traditions when travelling in Mexico and the States. I think it’s because travelling and Christmas combined make one nostalgic for family and home. I’d love to see you skipping 🙂

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 19, 2013

      That definitely could be part of it, although for me I always greatly disliked the holiday season in the US. Liked the lights and music, but that was about all I could handle. I like enjoying them more now.

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  6. Adelina @ PackMeTo
    December 18, 2013

    It’s funny how you tend to miss things only when you can’t get them, even though you wouldn’t normally eat them at home. While in Budapest, I really really craved Kraft Mac & Cheese even though I normally wouldn’t touch the stuff. I guess its the whole, wanting what you can’t have mentality.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2013

      Yeah, I think that’s a BIG part of it. When you get a little craving, and there’s no way to feed it, it just amplifies!

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  7. Deia @ Nomad Wallet
    December 18, 2013

    And then you go home and you miss the things you experienced in other places when you were traveling. Sigh. Such is the life of the nomad.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2013

      Yes, you end up leaving your heart in so many places you start missing so many places!

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  8. Steph (@ 20 Years Hence)
    December 18, 2013

    I think that old adage “You don’t know what you’ve got til it’s gone” has definitely proven true for us now that we’ve been on the road for 16 months. Some of it are the intangible things like being so excited it was Friday night and we had 2 full days of freedom in front of us (now every day is free!), to just getting to veg on the couch and watch movies or play video games and cuddling with our dogs.

    Foodwise I have been pretty happy in Asia, especially in certain countries like Thailand and Vietnam where the food is diverse enough that I never really get bored. But every so often I do get hit with a really powerful craving for something, and often it’s the one thing that is nearly impossible to get. Recently when we were in Nepal I desperately wanted sushi, but there was no way I’d be eating that in a land-locked country. I also really wanted hummus, which was actually pretty hard to find too. Now we’re back in Bangkok and I can easily get both, and of course now I want nothing to do with either! Isn’t that always the way…

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2013

      It’s so funny because when I see friends on Facebook cheering about it being Friday, I catch myself wondering why it’s such a big deal. Then I remember what that life was like. Ditto for dreading Mondays. It’s just another day of the week for me.

      That’s funny that now that you have access you don’t want it!

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  9. Poi
    December 18, 2013

    BKK Bagel Company! We visited that place a lot whilst living in Bangkok and we’re not even that keen on them so it must have been like heaven for a true bagel fan. Now if they’d been a Yorkshire tea and cornish pasty shop…

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2013

      YES! That place was SO good! I’m going to have to try this Yorkshire tea I keep hearing about.

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  10. David @ That Gay Backpacker
    December 17, 2013

    I just miss cups of proper tea so much. When I’m at home,I probably drink eight cups of tea a day. Nowhere does it like the UK.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 18, 2013

      8 a day! Wow! That’s a LOT of tea. I guess it gives you something to look forward to on your return to the UK, though.

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  11. Sam
    December 17, 2013

    I can see why you don’t eat raw fish after that experience: gross! The idea of you two holding hands, skipping through the streets of Vienna is just too cute! Hope you really enjoy the city.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 17, 2013

      He’s just lucky that the winter shoes are harder to skip in. LOL

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  12. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas
    December 17, 2013

    People ask me all the time what I miss, “You know, besides your family and friends.” My answer is simple: FOOD. And little else. I’ve made peace with what I have and what I don’t. I am fortunate to have a great group of American girlfriends here, and they don’t care when I geek out over making them all Christmas cookies!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 17, 2013

      I think food is a big one for most long-term travelers and expats. Esp if you live somewhere that it isn’t as easy to find some of those “back home” comforts.

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  13. Dyanne@TravelnLass
    December 17, 2013

    Argh! It was bad enough when you had to go and mention the “B” word (Bagels). But then you went and committed the dirty-of-dirtiest deeds by spewing the worst: “Red Vines”. ;(

    Geez Talon, give a fellow nomad a break – reminding me of such dreamy eats is verily bordering on ABUSIVE!

    Sorry, but I’m not sure I can ever forgive you for tickling my salivary glands so.

    And watches? Funny you should mention such. I too have long donned the ubiquitous dreary black “Casio” (at least nobody of ANY socioeconomic strata would ever dream of stealing it, yes?) But (at long last) it finally bit-the-dust recently in Myanmar (strangely, given it’s alleged “water-resistant” claim – the face of it clouded up with condensation). So now I too, have the delicious excuse to buy a new one (though will likely opt again for a cheapo same ol’-same ol’).

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 17, 2013

      Another Red Vines enthusiast!

      I didn’t buy expensive watches, just ones that weren’t quite so boring as that black Casio. It’s still holding strong, though, so it will probably remain my diving watch, esp when I’m teaching and need a stopwatch functionality.

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      • Dyanne@TravelnLass
        December 21, 2013

        Just a quick update on the watch scene here Talon. AIS, my own dreary Casio (remarkably similar – including the blue frame – to yours pictured above) recently bit-the-dust in Myanmar. So… thanks in part to your inspiration, I just yesterday went out to the (dizzying array of all-manner-of shops) department store in Chiang Mai and – I too bought myself an early Christmas present: my (first ever) halfway spiffy/stylish WATCH! Likewise not overly expensive – but at $30 – THREE TIMES what I’ve even spent before on my little black Casio.

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      • Talon Windwalker
        December 21, 2013

        Merry Christmas to you! 😉 I liked the picture of it on Twitter. Very pretty and stylish.

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  14. Cate Smith-Brubaker
    December 16, 2013

    OMG, I can’t believe you love Red Vines too! I adore them! When I was in the states 3 years ago, I got two 1 pound packages to bring home. The morning I left, I put them on the counter of my friend’s kitchen to put in my checked bag, and promptly forgot them there.

    I still haven’t gotten over that.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2013

      Now that is just tragic!

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  15. wanderingeducators
    December 16, 2013

    cheerios!!! i always miss cheerios. and cheese. and good chocolate. you’ve got a great topic going!

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2013

      Where have you been that didn’t have Cheerios? That’s one of the few things we’ve seen worldwide.

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  16. Adam
    December 16, 2013

    I remember when I stumbled on Christmas decorations when traveling in India and it made me so nostalgic! I can understand missing your favorite fashion accessories when you travel as well. I couldn’t deal with that, so when I went on my big trip I took my favorite pair of jeans and my favorite watch with me. I knew I’d want them with me so I just brought them.

    There were a few months where I stopped wearing the watch (mainly in India), not out of fear of theft but because I became so lazy, and sort of out-of-touch, (I never even shaved those three months!). But once I got away from the beaches and back into the big cities of Southeast Asia I was happy to have my nice watch with me — the nightlife was reason enough to have a bit of style with me! And having a watch was the easiest way to class up my outfit 🙂

    Oh, and bagels. Yeah, I’d miss those too! I always missed Mexican food, and I miss it now here living in Berlin, but I can make do every now and then with inferior options abroad…

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2013

      You are definitely right about how easily a watch can class up an outfit! I’ve noticed I feel differently just walking around when I’m wearing my new cool watch. LOL So funny.

      It’s especially hard finding REAL Mexican, and not the US version of it. But as you say, at least it’s a fair substitute.

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  17. Yvette
    December 16, 2013

    Whenever I’m in Asia, I find myself seriously missing cheese and obsessing over it. I don’t know if that’s because I’m missing some sort of mineral in my diet or because cheese is awesome- probably just the latter, but it definitely gets to me.

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    • Talon Windwalker
      December 16, 2013

      I think I’d go with cheese is awesome. And since it’s so hard to find there, and so dang expensive, we really miss it when we’re in Asia, too.

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