Things I Miss: An Ode to the US.

If I could have snagged a glimpse into the future to see what I should have brought on my trip across the pond, I think that the space in my luggage would have been better allocated. I’ve had to call up the fam to have a few necessary items shipped over. Although the UK is much like the US in terms of grocery stores and offerings, there are a few items that I love (and miss!) that I can only find in the US. If you’re planning a move to Europe, here are a few things that you should consider bringing for a taste of home:

1. Deodorant. I had assumed that I could purchase my Secret solid here, but I searched to no avail. The only thing that Boots seems to carry is the anti-perspirant spray and a couple of old-school Ban roll-ons. No Secret or Degree in sight!


2. Peanut Butter. Once in a while I love an english muffin (another item I can’t find here… such a misnomer!) with peanut butter and banana. Unfortunately, the peanut butter here literally tastes like crushed unsweetened peanuts mixed with butter; no good. If you’re a PB lover (or even a PB liker!) consider bringing a tub of Skippy. Don’t underestimate the power of good peanut butter!

Fiber One... *tear*

3. Fiber One Bars. You probably saw the previous post wherein I showcased the six boxes of Fiber One bars that my parents sent from the States — that’s no joke! I love to carry healthy bars to snack on and so far the only ones I’ve been able to find over here are Special K and Atkins. They’re alright, but they’re no FiberOne!

4. Orbit White Peppermint. I chew gum like it’s going out of style and the only gum that I keep handy is Orbit White (Peppermint flavor). The old-school stick gum weirds me out and every other Orbit White knock-off is mediocre. Unfortunately, I have yet to find a place that carries my beloved gum…

Any other Americans have things that wish they would have brought?

PS. If anyone knows where I can find any of the above items, please leave me a comment & let me know!

Lots of love,

Signature Stamp - Shannon


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by lyndseyjenkins on October 14, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    If you get really food-homesick the Rosslyn Hill Deli is the place to go – there’s a secret American room at the back.

    Be warned – it is obscenely expensive – but sometimes only American food will do!

    Hampstead is basically the USA abroad so you will also get to hear friendly voices. A super nice part of London if you haven’t yet been.

    Cheers! Lyndsey


  2. Posted by Kim Woodward on October 14, 2009 at 4:59 PM


    I just got caught up with all your activities! Sounds like you’ve had loads of fun! Your classes sound great and your “institution” awesome. Good Luck , Study hard! If you can, e-mail me some pictures of Dachau. That must have been an awful, exciting visit.

    Is there an address I can send you something if I happen to come accross something I think you need?

    Take care! I really miss seeing you in the office!

    Tons of love, Kim


  3. Posted by Tira on October 14, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Do you want a care package??? Just let me know what is needed most and where to send it?


  4. Posted by Matt Patterson on October 19, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Hey Shannon –
    Great blog! I am incredibly impressed with this site – I would like to try and start something like this myself… perhaps a weekend project. This caught my eye – mainly because I brought a large jar of peanut butter with me and have a jar coming over with a family friend in a few weeks. PB is a staple in my diet and INCREDIBLY necessary… if you play your cards right I might be able to share some of this “delicacy.” :-) Talk soon!


    • Hey Matt!
      Thanks! It’s definitely a work in progress, but blogging is the best form of self-expression and a good way to stay connected to home <3. I just got TWO HUGE jars of PB sent to me!! I can't wait to get my hands on the real stuff! I'm a creamy Jif lover all the way (although Skippy will suffice), but the stuff here is NOT peanut butter!


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