I have been pleasantly surprised recently to discover that there are a few things I'm looking forward to about living in the US again for a while. I've never been all that thrilled about going back before, and while I don't want to leave Mexico, at least I'm excited about the next year. It helps that I'm going to a city that I love, but even more than that, it helps that I know I will be there for less than a year.
The main thing I'm looking forward to is cooking a wider variety of dishes. We've certainly not been deprived here in Guadalajara and I'll miss a lot of the ingredients that are so easy to find here, but I'm also ready to have more spices, more varieties of rice, more tofu, more hard cheeses, and especially, more Asian vegetables. And I'll be able to get all that at at least different stores within a few minutes' walk of my house. Jusay, long beans, chinsay, bok choy, and so much more are waiting for me.
People ask a lot where I want to settle down but there is no perfect place. I want to have all the ingredients available, from Kyrgyzstan strawberries to Chapala raspberries to Kyrgyzstan laghman that someone else made to fresh masa to moles and salsas and coconut and jusay and hot naan and falafel and tabbouleh and pho and pressed tofu and so much more. I want to live near rocky coasts where no one else wants to go. I want geysers. I want the people to speak languages I already know. I want it to never be hot. I want snow. I want pyramids and yurts and mountains. I want wild rainstorms and windstorms. And that place does not exist.