Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer


Dont ya just love it when someone goes to a little extra trouble to delight you?

I have a routine when I get to Amsterdam, my half way point. After all those hours of flying, I love having a shower. I love having the small room all to myself, quiet, to get all clean, to brush my teeth, fix my frowzy-airplane hair, apply a little fresh makeup. I don’t usually get a lot of sleep on my first flight – could it be that last strong cup of coffee I eat before getting on the plane? 😉

And then I wait the endless hours for my flight to Kuwait, trying not to nod off, because the overburdened lounge staff at KLM don’t do flight announcements, and I am so afraid I will fall deeply asleep and miss my plane. All around me are sleeping people – many on their way to Accra, Entebbe, Mumbai . . . and a few familiar faces heading back to Kuwait. Whoda thunk, this early in August, so many people would be returning?

I get restless. I don’t like the lounge food, it has a stale feel to it, and is mostly processed unidentifiable meat slices and hardening cheese, so I head down for the sushi bar. It’s purely psychological, but I believe the miso soup hardens my immune system against airplane-air-germs, so I almost always have a cup of soup and a small tray of sushi, something cooked or vegetable so I won’t offend whoever is sitting next to me on the way back to Kuwait.

And, because the sushi bar was packed, I got it all to go and found a quiet place in Concourse D to sit and eat. And look what I found!


Now YOU tell me – isn’t that adorable?

Normally soy sauce comes in one of those nasty plastic or aluminum packets that you have to tear off an end. This – in a tiny little fish with a plastic screw-off cap – this gave me a moment’s grin in the middle of the limbo of airport transitions. And I thought of you, and how you might enjoy it along with me.

I’m sure it costs them more than a plastic packet. I love it that the top screws off, that the shape is a fish, I love the whole concept.

“It’s just soy-sauce”, you might say, shaking your head in mild disgust at how easily amused I am.

Yes, it is just soy sauce. And packaging matters.

August 13, 2007 - Posted by | Arts & Handicrafts, Blogging, Cross Cultural, Eating Out, ExPat Life, KLM, Public Art, Travel


  1. noo its cute hehe

    Comment by princess | August 13, 2007 | Reply

  2. Hiya Princess! You like it too!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 13, 2007 | Reply

  3. Again, charm is in the details 😀

    Cool fishie

    Comment by kinano | August 13, 2007 | Reply

  4. I like the way you put that – charm is in the details. S’true!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 13, 2007 | Reply

  5. Ooooh, I LOOOVVEE the fishy! Its perfectly cute and clever!

    Comment by sparkleplenty | August 14, 2007 | Reply

  6. Sparkle – it made my meal. It gave me such a grin!

    Comment by intlxpatr | August 14, 2007 | Reply

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