We all can vividly recall the first time we made the trip across the great Atlantic to visit our friends over in Europe. The excitement that you felt in your stomach was all too reminiscent from the first time you went to Disney Land. As amazing as all of our trips were, all good things came to an end. To get all those gitty feelings back, here are the top ten things you probably miss the most about Europe.
You Walked Everywhere
Walking in any European city is just a thousand times better over there, then anywhere else at home or in the U.S. That’s why you did it, and that’s why everyone there does it. Almost all of the places you wanted to go to were so much closer together, that taking a cab never even crossed your mind. Plus, with the incredible architecture and buildings like the Coliseum in Rome or Big Ben in London, you always found yourself walking on your own self-guided tour with stunning views. No wonder why everyone there is so damn fit.
Traveling To Other Countries
Want to go to Paris for the weekend? Maybe Amsterdam? Just jump on the Eurorail and you can get there quicker then taking the Lincoln Tunnel from New York City to New Jersey. Since all of the European countries are just a fraction of the size of the United States (minus Russia), country hopping is deceivingly easy and quicker than most Americans are used to.
You Had a Favorite Café/ Restaurant
Nothing can be more Euro then waking up in the morning hungover, and strolling to your favorite café where they serve you the most perfect double espresso and croissant every single time. What American hits up a Starbucks in Europe? Seattle Coffee isn’t going anywhere people. We all wanted the experience of feeling like a regular at a small café tucked away off a cobble-stoned street. So when you found that perfect place, you kept going there every morning because everyday became incomplete without it.
You Loved Every Single Accent
The second the opposite-sex, or same-sex, opened their mouth, admit it, you became slightly in love with them. You’re lying if you’re thinking otherwise. So you thought the funniest thing that you could possibly do was to make them “try” to do an American accent. 99.9% of the time they ended up doing the Valley Girl accent no thanks to Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian (“Like, OH MY GAAHD, are you like, from like, California or like something?” Am I right?
The Alcohol and Food
Beer and wine basically streamed out of water fountains over there because it was so cheap. You were finally able to take a break from the home-brewed Natty Ice’s and Bud Lights to try the hundred plus varieties of different beer and wine. To accompany your alcoholic beverage, actual authentic food was around every corner like those crispy fried, fish and chips or that perfectly olive oil margarita pizza.
Being Disconnected From The World (Almost)
Not having your phone or the ability to log into Facebook or Snapchat was a refreshing change. If someone couldn’t reach you, you would just be all, “Oops im in Europe, lol, no big deal, bye.” I say almost though, because you also learned how WiFi was your new found BFF. It was quite easy to get by without a cell phone but the moment you stepped into a bar, restaurant, or café, the first thing you did was see if they had free WiFi to let mom and dad know you are still breathing.
You Photographed EVERYTHING
If you think you still take a lot of pictures back at home, you don’t. You took pictures of the tiniest, pointless things to any local there, but who gives a shit anyway, you did what you wanted and loved it. Remember that cute tiny bicycle perched against the rail on the canal? Picture. The 34th meal you had? Picture. The fresh-homemade Gelato, perfectly swirled in your cone? Picture……..Picture. Picture. Picture. Picture. So now your Facebook album has 1000+ photos after only 18 hours.
Just when you thought nobody speaks English in the club, an English song would come on in the club and its like everybody becomes magically fluent in English for about 3 minutes and 20 seconds. When the song is over, they don’t even know how to say hello anymore. But you were always surprised and refreshed to hear English and American songs that were being played in the clubs or bars. This is when you could impress everyone on how well you knew all the lyrics to Wonderwall by Oasis or Rhianna’s Please Don’t Stop The Music, only to realize everyone else knew it too. Then when a European song came on, you just awkwardly stood there as everyone else jumped around you singing their life away.
Have anything else you miss the most about Europe? Comment below and share!