In 2013, I learned to make bagels from scratch. This may seem like an insignificant accomplishment to many Americans, but trust me, this was a big deal. When living abroad, other than friends and family, food is the big thing that people tend to miss. The US is really the only place in the world where bagels are actually bagels. Sometimes I see signs advertising bagels, only to be disappointed when the “bagel” is just a roll with a hole in the middle. But now I can make my own!