I am going on a little adventure. Some people up north like to call it another country. After 8 years, I am returning to my native deep south of Atlanta, Georgia for a long-term vacation. I have not taken a break down south longer than 3 days in over 5 years so I think my time is due for some relaxation.

As much as I am looking forward to the sun, being barefoot, and hearing funny accents again, I know I am in for some serious culture shock. For over 8 years I have been nowhere near home: Virginia, almost everywhere in Western Europe, and now New York. I cannot even bear imagining being stuck in traffic for hours at a time on a daily basis. It’s daunting to think about it. After all, I am a natural pedestrian. I am itching for a break however, and the south is just the place to go to have one.

List of items to buy before leaving

Linzer Tart: V&V Bakery
0.5 lb Italian cookies: V&V Bakery
Chocolates: Leonidas
British candy: Irish Deli on 61st St
Red Velvet Cupcake: Crumbs
Chocolate Chip Scone: Fairway
Any German chocolate that I cannot find down south: Various
Favorite Bottle of Red Wine (unsure if it will be in Georgia): Local Wine Store

Things I wanted to get but did not have time nor the capacity

Grilled Chicken and Goat Cheese Sandwich: Zoogilini’s
Pastry: Financier
Egg Tart: Tai Pan Bakery
Pad Thai: Woodside Wonder

If I could bring one thing home besides my books, I guess it would be a fridge.


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