Although we have good coffee here in Germany, you mostly don't find good filter coffee in coffee shops or cafés. It's so strange, because a drip coffee maker is probably part of every other German household. But as soon as you order a black coffee in a café you get this bad bitter thing in a cup that came straight from one of those stupid coffee machines. Adding to that, I also really miss all the nice café chains in Sweden. I loved going to Barista or Espresso House and get a big old latte macchiato with soy milk, in summer the iced version of course. Yeah, I know, there is always Starbucks to go here and as soon as I am in a bigger city, I have these options in other cafés too. But here in the small town I'm living in at the moment, there is no such thing as soy milk. Disgraceful.
I didn't really go much to the seaside all year round, but especially in summer I loved sitting on the planks in Västra Hamnen and look out to the bridge and Copenhagen. When it was warm and sunny, there were so many people sitting or swimming there and there was also an Espresso House where I could get my soy milk iced latte macchiato (see previous point). Although I really like the nature we have here where I live in Germany, I do miss the sea. There is something so calming about looking out to the water and hearing the seagulls scream.
My Flat Share
Moving back in with your parents might be nice and alright at the beginning. After all, it's quite nice to have someone doing your laundry and cooking food most of the times. But it's so hard for me to fit back in with their rhythm after years living on my own. I really miss having my own little room in our lovely flat share. It wasn't a beautiful flat but I had the nicest flat mates and I really miss them too. I can't wait to start working and moving into my own place soon.
Well, this is a bit of an odd one, really. A lot of my time in Malmö I spent complaining about the bloody wind and that it wasn't quite warm enough in summer. Now we have this horrible heat here in Germany and I'm already melting away when I sit still in the shades with basically no clothes on. So all I do now is longing for the fresh breeze and 25 degrees I had back in Malmö. Well, I guess you always want the things you do not have right now.
This is an obvious one. Of course, I do miss my friends a lot. I already mentioned the girls from my flat share, but I also miss all the other people I have met in Malmö and that have become my friends. Some of them still live in Malmö, but most have left as well, just like me. They either have gone back to their home countries or have left to study or work somewhere else. It's so weird to imagine Malmö without them. It will definitely feel a lot different when I go back there.
This one is quite similar to my point about coffee. If I would live in a bigger city right now, I probably wouldn't feel this way, but here I am in my small town, dreaming about falafel. Being a vegan in Malmö is so easy and I never really thought much about how it would be when I move back to Germany. When I was in Berlin in June/July, I found so much amazing vegan food, but here in my home town there are not many option. Nearly none actually. I miss being able to get a yummy and cheap falafel or having the option between a multitude of vegan restaurants when eating out.
There are also other things that I'm missing. Like the diversity, all the different cultures and people you can find in Malmö. I also miss the general vibe of the city, with it's many second hand shops, green thinking and alternative people that care about the same kind of things that I care about.
I think it will still take some time for me to fully understand that Malmö is not my home anymore. A part of me still feels like I will move back there in a few days to start my new term at university. I definitely want to go back for a visit, but I don't know how soon I can go as my life is so unpredictable at the moment and I don't know where I'll be in a few months.
What about you? Do or did you live in another country for a while and what are the things that you miss?