Home exchange blues

That exchange when the house is as big as a football field and there’s about 1 mile between the dishwasher and the kitchen cabinets – oh yeah

That two-weeks exchange when you feel you have lived there all your life and when you leave you cry your eyes out – oh yeah

That exchange when you come back home to find your house cleaner than you left it – oh yeah

That exchange when you come back, they didn’t even change the bedsheets, and they’re looking at you like “dude, what’s the problem?” – oh yeah

That exchange in Northern Belgium without which you would never have had the opportunity to visit this museum – oh yeah

That exchange in Paris with two cats and the steepest stairs on the planet – oh yeah

That exchange when you come back, look in the fridge and think OMG some people really eat strange things… then you remember all the junk food YOU bought while abroad and feel a bit of shame (just a bit though!) – oh yeah

That exchange when you drive through 80 miles of dry grass, light posts and God-forgiven places and wonder just how is possible to live there – oh yeah

That exchange when, being a teetotaller, you develop an insane love for Faro – oh yeah

That exchange when only in Bruxelles comics are peeking from the walls – oh yeah

That exchange when you come back to find little presents all around the house – oh yeah

That exchange when you’re mentally thanking your parents for those languages courses – oh yeah

That (missed) exchange with a French couple who changes the terms of your agreement and then send you insults in the mail – oh yeah

That exchange when you rent the most ridiculous car in the world – oh yeah

That exchange when there are two dogs, a cat and few chickens – oh yeah

That exchange when you go to Helsinki in February – oh yeah

That exchange when you go to Rome in the middle of August – oh yeah

That exchange when after a couple of days the supermarket is “your” supermarket and you apply for the loyalty card – oh yeah

That exchange when you go camping for the first time in your life (shared bathroom included) – oh yeah

That exchange when the house is so beautiful you are not able to breath for a moment – oh yeah

That exchange when you receive 150 requests from Australian people who don’t even bother to read your listing – oh yeah

That exchange when the neighbours come and welcome you and take you out to dinner with the whole family – oh yeah

That exchange when you develop a crippling envy for a Maytag dryer – oh yeah

That exchange when yes, it’s really true, they SLEEP IN OUR BED – oh yeah

That exchange when after three years you still write to each other and exchange Christmas presents – oh yeah

That exchange when every house become my home – oh yeah

That exchange when… it’s definitely time to do another!

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