Home: Starbucks on every corner. Anything you order costs at least $3.50.
Rome: Locally owned cafes with any kind of coffee you would ever want for less than $1 on every corner.
Home: The poop-streak(s) left by the last person in the lav.
Rome: Plastic toilet brushes left next to EVERY toilet so you can clean up your own mess and spare your neighbor.
Home: Feminine deodorant spray.
Home: Low-carb diets.
Rome: Eating bread, pasta and wine yet still being in shape.
Home: Mini-vans and SUVs.
Rome: Vast and easy to use public transportation system,s Vespa and SmartCars.
Home: Thinking Boston is old.
Rome: Walking in the footsteps of Caesar.
Home: Buying bottled water.
Rome: Carrying a bottle and refilling it from fountains flowing with fresh spring water.
Rome: Daily walks.
Rome: Red wine.
Home: Hating people who don't speak "the" language.
Rome: Helping people practice when they try to learn your language.
Home: Stiff handshakes or uncomfortable hugs.
Rome: A hug AND a kiss on both cheeks.
Home: Ginormous portions and doggie-bags full of leftovers that more often than not get thrown away.
Rome: Portions that are the exact size you can eat. The translation for "doggie-bag" is "sacco di cane," or "sack of dog." You can only imagine what the Italian waiter thinks you are ordering.
Home: The workday's 20-minute lunch which includes getting and eating your food as well as doing any personal hygiene.
Rome: The workday's 3-hour lunch including two courses with wine and a siesta.