10 Things That Might Happen Upon Returning to a “Developed Country”

Believe it or not, there are still some places in the world without the option to take a hot shower. There are still some places without high-speed Internet connection, or Internet connection at all. There are even some places where wheat bread is a luxury commodity. Gasp!

If you’re from a nation considered “developed”, for lack of a better term, and you have either lived in or traveled to a “developing country”, this list of 10 things that might happen upon returning to a land with endless cereal aisles is especially for you. 

If you haven’t had the chance to travel to or live in a place with a little less comfort and convenience yet, here’s an idea of what you might go through after venturing back:

 

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1. You might cry in line at Starbucks because you can clearly order a latte without having any difficulties asking for modifications.

 

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2. You might find yourself complaining about the prices of “exotic” fruits like mangos. Five dollars for one mango could buy about 50 mangos elsewhere.

 

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3. The cereal aisle might seem like heaven on earth. Really, any aisle in a grocery store might seem like heaven on earth.

 

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4. Cheese might become the biggest part of your diet even if it was never a large slice before. Dairy deprivation is a serious issue. Processed cheddar cheese slices just aren’t the same as a good hunk of Gouda.

 

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5. You might have almost forgotten wheat bread is a thing. Just kidding. You never actually forgot. You just tried to convince yourself white bread was the only option in the entire world because it was the only option for you.

 

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6. You can take a shower. A HOT shower. And there are toilets. Flush toilets. Actual bathrooms exist, too. You might take hour-long hot showers to make up for all those 30-second cold bucket baths you had to endure. 

 

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7. You might buy a small, cheap bottle of liquor and chug it before going out with friends because paying $15 USD for a cocktail is ridiculous.

 

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8. You might find excuses such as cows blocking the road, the bus was an hour late, or the streets were flooded just don’t work for being late anymore.

 

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9. Your Facebook newsfeed no longer looks like a bunch of blank boxes filled with question marks. The page loads and it loads quickly. You might actually be able to post a comment or like someone’s status. 

 

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10. Three days after returning you might be ready to go back to a simpler, more intimate way of life. Cold bucket baths, processed cheese sandwiches, confused looks when you order milk with your coffee, and all. 

Experiencing life in a “developing country” is an incredible, perspective-changing ride. And it makes returning “home” an overwhelmingly beautiful, cross-cultural experience full of hilarious realizations and gluttonous dairy binges. That’s if you can still stomach lactose.

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