He Said/She Said: Fireworks and Freedom

He Said/She Said: Fireworks and Freedom

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The Fourth of July is one of the most American holidays and one we’re looking forward to welcoming us home.  Here’s why we can’t wait for a fireworks filled homecoming.

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HE SAID…

Hamburgers don’t really exist in the rest of the world.  Maybe that’s an overstatement, they exist, but they’re not the same.  Too often they’re too small.  Too often the meat mixture isn’t right.  Too often they’re overcooked.  Then there are the condiments…fresh goat cheese, sugary ketchup and mystery sauces spoil a great hamburger.  I intend to spend my Fourth of July driving around and crashing BBQs to prove my “research” right: the hamburgers in the USA are just better.

Besides gorging myself on American cheese covered patties of ground beef, I am glad we’re returning when we are.  July is the best season in Minnesota.  Let’s face it, Minnesota has some miserable weather for 9-14 months of the year, but July rarely disappoints.  The sky is filled with deep blues, the sun shines from unnecessarily early to impossibly late.  The clouds pass look like they’re stolen from Pixar movies.  Combining the weather and the Fourth, July is perfect.

Lastly it is a good time to return because everyone has the weekend off.  Returning another week we’d struggle to reconnect with people between their working schedules, but the Fourth provides us a window to say, “hi, we’re home…buy us beer…please!”  The weeks and months after will be filled with us preparing our graduate school applications…but returning this weekend will welcome us home like no other.

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SHE SAID…

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The best part of the Fourth of July is that it’s a party everyone is invited to, no invitations needed or special attire, which should make it the perfect holiday to ease us back into America.  I can’t wait for the food, more the fresh salads then the hamburgers.  And most of all I’m excited to see friends and family during the best Minnesota months of the year and at a time when everyone is more focused on weekend fun than work.

I can’t wait to be back in a place where I understand the native tongue, and what better time to enjoy small talk then a holiday we all have in common?  I miss chatting with people in the streets and remarking how cute their kid is and having them understand. I like the sense of community we all enjoy during the Fourth of July, there will be no awkward moments of not knowing the customs.  I can ooh and ahh with the crowd as we watch the fireworks light up the sky, there is a lot of comfort in these shared experiences.

While it will be fun to be amongst a whole crowd of strangers that speak my language, it will be awesome to share the holiday with family and friends we haven’t seen in years.  Many friends have had babies and I can only imagine how cute they will be decked out in stars and stripes onesies.  It should be a great homecoming and the perfect time to celebrate our return!

YOUR TURN: Why do you love the Fourth of July weekend?

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thinkCHUA: Photographing and documenting the world on a 3 year round-the-world trip to help future travelers discover new places, travel longer and enjoy the world's great experiences.

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