24 Things You’ll Miss About America When You Move to Australia

“So you’re saying that you don’t religiously eat peanut butter?”

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I’ve been away from the United States for 10 weeks now and—I have to admit—I’m getting a little homesick. It’s not the best feeling in the world, but it happens. I think what I really miss the most is the familiarity of America. (Yeah, I never thought I would miss America but sometimes all you want is a familiar brand of peanut butter to put on your Oreos. And then not look like a weirdo for putting peanut butter on your Oreos.)

So I’ve been thinking about what I miss about America, and what America has that the rest of the world doesn’t have (which is a lot but I’ll keep it short). The saying seriously does hold true—you don’t appreciate what you have until it’s gone. Or something like that.

But anyways, here are 24 things you’ll miss about America when you move to Australia. It’s the little things.

  1. The Imperial system. I don’t fucking care what people say, it makes sense. And Googling conversions is getting old.
  2. Skippy’s peanut butter. Unilever, let’s bring this glorious brand to Australia.
  3. Panda Express. My heart longs for the best greasy hangover food in the world.
  4. 24-hour pharmacies. You never know when you’re going to need a face mask at 3 am.
  5. AMAZON. God damn, I miss the instant gratification of getting something delivered the next day.
  6. Alcohol delivery. This might only be specific to NYC, but still, it’s convenient.
  7. Trader Joes.
  8. Trader Joe’s cookie butter.
  9. Cheap produce from Trader Joe’s.
  10. Two Buck Chuck.
  11. Having manic thoughts while shopping at Trader Joe’s. 
  12. Cheap alcohol.
  13. $1 coffee at McDonald’s.
  14. Calling Sprite, Sprite and Lemonade, Lemonade. THEY ARE NOT THE SAME THING.
  15. Constant and free wifi. I will always ask Australian cafe’s if it has wifi and I will always be shocked when the barista tells me no.
  16. Chipotle. I miss a good overly filled burrito bowl. And I hear it just added queso to the menu *sigh.
  17. Bagels. Specifically from Ess-A-Bagel on 51st street in NYC.
  18. Mexican food. Should I be missing Mexico?
  19. Late night shopping. I just really want to be able to go shopping at 9 pm for another little black dress that I don’t need.
  20. Being able to stream Game of Thrones. (This was painful during season 7, but I figured it out. Eventually.)
  21. Calling gas, gas, instead of petrol. This is just annoying to me.
  22. Paying for GAS at the pump rather than having to walk INTO the service station AFTER already filling up the tank.
  23. Doing anything on the RIGHT side of the street whether it’s walking, crawling, driving, biking.
  24. “How are you doing?”

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