Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

Breaking all the rules

I’m breaking all the rules I made for myself. I didn’t know how to tell you I was leaving, but I thought I would tell you after I left.

Actually, I am not gone yet. My husband and I just grabbed an opportunity for a quick Mother’s Day getaway (Americans celebrate Mother’s Day this coming Sunday) and I am in France, drowning my sorrows 🙂 and walking and eating really delicious salads and pretending I am not up to my ears in boxes.


There are lilacs blooming everywhere, and wisteria. There are still some tulips. There are hydrangea. It is a riot of new life, color and growth. I am enjoying myself immensely. Very soon, it will be over and I will be back in Kuwait, packing boxes.

I will tell you more later, and even share some photos with you.

You are all so dear to me. I can’t tell you how much it hurts to move on. Usually, I cope by not thinking about it, just doing it. Somehow, in this situation, I don’t think that’s going to work very well.

Thank you for all your sweet thoughts. I haven’t decided if I will keep blogging; circumstances change . . . I will have to see if I even have anything to blog about!

May 7, 2009 - Posted by | Adventure, Blogging, Cross Cultural, Family Issues, France, Germany, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Marriage, Privacy


  1. You’ll have to see if you’ve got anything to blog about? Sorry, but have you met YOU? Honey you’ve got a mouthful to say about a lot of things and will continue to do so no matter where you land next inshalla. Your mind is not the kind to take a backseat. A lot of people would think of Kuwait as a desert with nothing but oil but you came here with your analyses and wit and insights and opinions and managed to engage, really really engage, in a way that’s inspirational. Nothing to say…ha! Stop being silly! 😛

    Comment by 1001 Nights | May 7, 2009 | Reply

  2. Where every YOU are, there will always be a sun rise!

    Comment by BitJockey | May 7, 2009 | Reply

  3. Have fun in France! I totally second what 1001 nights said 🙂

    Comment by Chirp | May 8, 2009 | Reply

  4. What a beautiful picture! I will miss reading your take on Kuwait and all the wonderful photos! Best of luck to you in your new adventure. I will most likely be announcing a new adventure of my own in the near future, I hope! (And it just might put me a little closer to my favorite Gulf country!)

    Comment by globalgal | May 8, 2009 | Reply

  5. LLOOLL. 1001, you are always so kind to me. Here is the problem – and I would guess it is a problem many of us have. When you come to the end of something, it is only natural to take a critical look at what has been accomplished.

    I know it is partly exhaustion, partly depression, but the lens through which I see shows me so many opportunities lost, and the shallowness of my experiences. There is also a part of me that believes no matter how hard I try to understand, there are things a non-native can never truly “get” . . . all the same, it fills me with sorrow, and that just weighs me down at a time when I am grieving leaving one life full of friends and heading into another.

    There is always that transition time. The good news is my sweet niece, Little Diamond, often comes to visit me, and that helps me through. 🙂

    Thank you, BitJockey, you are right, but living in Kuwait was unique for having that incredible unblockable VIEW. I will have other cool things at the next location, but I will not have a view.

    Thanks, Chirp. I am here now, in France, and enjoying every minute. 🙂 Say “hey” to Mrm for me, too, OK?

    Thank you, GlobalGal! Insh’allah, it will be close by.

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 8, 2009 | Reply

  6. Gonna miss you too. Love the blog and you have taught me a whole way of looking at life in general.

    Hope to see you when you get back.


    Comment by revq8 | May 8, 2009 | Reply

  7. LOL, RevQ8, looking at life through my crabby lens??

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 8, 2009 | Reply

  8. Sad to see you (and Adventure Man) go. You will be missed. By now you are a certified KNB – “Kuwaiti By Nature” and I mean that as a compliment. Some people spread happiness whenever they go; others spread happiness wherever they go. No marks for guessing which category you belong to.

    I only hope you continue blogging long after you have left Q8.

    Good luck with everything and have a good Life.

    Comment by The He Chameleon | May 8, 2009 | Reply

  9. You will have plenty to blog about! We all look forward to reading your posts. I hope you can manage it from your new home.

    Comment by Bu Yousef | May 9, 2009 | Reply

  10. you’re not allowed to stop blogging.

    I would have to change my homepage.

    That isn’t an option!!!

    You are one of the few ‘enlightened’ people in our world; to stop sharing your thoughts and feelings on events you see and experience, places you visit/live in, people you come into contact, would be denying readers the opportunity to become enlightened themselves.

    That would be very sad.

    *hugs* I miss your beautiful smile, your amazing culinary talents, seeing your amazing quilts, but I think most what I miss is the serenity that you wear like a special perfume, all about you. And maybe that’s something your readers don’t know about you; maybe they read about it, but to spend time with you in person is truly a blessing and I thank Allah for you.

    I wish you the absolute best in your new home, making new friends and enjoying new experiences, may Allah pave your way, give you strength and courage, and continue to lead you and your husband, ameen.

    Comment by Kimberly | May 10, 2009 | Reply

  11. Your blog is about here, there and everywhere! it doesn’t make sense to leave the blogging world when you’re not here with us in Kuwait! You could ppost new and possibly more interesting stuff when you’re there!

    You just can’t quit! I luff reading what you have to say! 😦

    You know what.. You can’t leave till I get you the pictures of the bait sha3ar you asked for! and since the time has passed for bait sha3ars, now that it’s summer here, you’ve got to wait till next winter, at least 😀

    *in denial*

    Comment by Yousef | May 10, 2009 | Reply

  12. LLOOLL, my sweet friends. If you could see me, huffing and grumbling as I put together boxes and try to figure out what comes next (packing) you would sincerely pray for me. Serenity? No, not right now! I am trying to make some order out of chaos, and my heart isn’t in it. I feel sad, and a little angry; I’m not often angry, but I think it is more comfortable for me than feeling sad. When I’m sad, I just shut down and don’t get anything done!

    Yousef, I started blogging because I love writing, and blogging seemed to fit. I’m not sure I could stop. The next country will be different. Kuwait is still the only country in the Gulf with real freedom of the press, even though limited. Free speech is always limited – some places more than others.

    Comment by intlxpatr | May 11, 2009 | Reply

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