I spent a day at Universal Studios-
Wizarding World of Harry Potter!
My boyfriend and I helped my great grandma's sister
roll dough for Lebanese meat pies (sfeeha)- FOR 5 HOURS
I've been spending lots of time with my
grandma and her sister while home
One of the hardest things about living abroad is dealing with your stuff. What to bring? What to toss? What to leave behind in boxes? A lot of the things that were great in Ecuador, I won't really need in Hong Kong (big blankets, wool socks, pepper spray). A lot of stuff that has been in boxes in my dad's garage have to be dug up so I can bring them to Hong Kong (cute dresses, heels, rain boots). That process has probably been the least fun part about being home.
Here is how I got rid of excess stuff when I left Quito-
Leaving it in a pile on the street
Now I am digging through my boxes
of stuff at my dad's house
Some of the things I absolutely have to bring to Hong Kong include my favorite books, a couple wall decorations, a few old records, new bedding, and lots of Toms shoes. I never really decorated an apartment in Quito or brought a lot of my stuff down to Ecuador because I always knew I wouldn't be there more than two years. Well, I plan on staying in Hong Kong for 3-5 years and I want to nest a little, so I am paying extra for a suitcase of homey stuff. I want my apartment to be filled with my stuff, not just a bunch of tacky cheap trinkets I bought at an artisan market. Hong Kong is going to have to feel more like a home, or I'm going to go crazy.