Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer


When I first arrive back in the United States, I always have to transition slowly. I have no sales-resistance. I usually have a list for Target, supplies I will need immediately while I am traveling; not glamorous things, but things like shampoo and underwear and scotch tape and wrappings, that sort of thing, useful things. We always come out with way more than our list. No resistance.

I won’t even let myself go into the Apple Market until I have been back for a while. When I get to their spices aisle, my heart just starts going pitty-pat:


One entire aisle, entirely devoted to seasonings – and so many things we never see in Kuwait – poppy seeds! File’! A variety of Chili mixes, seasoned shrimp boils . . . It’s all I can do not to buy one of everything.


And the irony? What do I bring back for my friends in the US from Kuwait? Kuwaiti spices – that biriyani mix, pine nuts, saffron, and those little red dried pomegranate seeds. They are always a huge hit – it’s always about what you can’t get your hands on, isn’t it?

December 3, 2008 - Posted by | ExPat Life, Food, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Shopping


  1. and you know what we dont have in Kuwait and I like? Peaches and Cream corn 😦 I will order some from Sultan Center hehehehe

    Comment by Ansam | December 3, 2008 | Reply

  2. I, like you, have no shopping resistance. No brakes. Family members fear to shop with me at Target because I don’t come out.

    Your photo reminded me of the 5 cans of Old Bay that I have in my cupboard. I just moved and they came with me. I can’t believe that they don’t have Old Bay in Kuwait, but then – no one here really knows how to steam seafood anyways. One of my Bedouin friends came over and I steamed a few kilos of jumbo shrimp using Old Bay and he loved them. I can’t remember seeing anyone happier with food! And dude doesn’t even like seafood. Maybe I can make machboos with Old Bay! Tee hee.

    Comment by Desert Girl | December 4, 2008 | Reply

  3. Speaking of spices, I giggled for a week after someone told me that nutmeg is hard/impossible to find in Kuwait because some Grand Poobah banned it. (Apparently, it’s an aphrodisiac.) Whether or not it’s true is irrelevant…the whole business just embodies Kuwait… rumors, ridiculous rulings, and reality. lol

    Comment by DaisyMae | December 4, 2008 | Reply

  4. I have this problem at all stores. The other problem I have when I reenter is hoarding.

    Comment by Q8Dutchie | December 4, 2008 | Reply

  5. LLOOOLLL, Ansam, at first I was thinking “what is peaches and cream corn?” and then I realized you were talking about two separate items. Did you know you can cream corn yourself? And I DO see peaches at the Co-op sometimes! Or wait – are you really talking about something that is peaches and creamed corn together?

    Desert Girl – . . .and if only it were just the Target :-/ I am having a big spending problem just about everywhere. Prices are so (comparatively) reasonable, and this year, there are some amazingly low prices . . I’m in big trouble.

    Q8Dutchie – I totally understand it. It is SO hard to break the habit. Your breath comes in shallow gasps and it’s like “will I ever see this again???” I had to rent a storage locker to put all the things I can’t ship to Kuwait!

    Comment by intlxpatr | December 5, 2008 | Reply

  6. noooo its one item!!

    Comment by Ansam | December 5, 2008 | Reply

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