Here There and Everywhere

Expat wanderer

It’s My Party! Here There and Everywhere Hits Ten Years

I keep telling you I am quitting, and I am not. Today, September 6th, ten years ago, I was sitting in my aerie in Kuwait, overlooking the Arabian Gulf, when I gathered all my nerve and went public.

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I’d always wanted to write.

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What better time? While every move was a great adventure, there was a downside. The downside is that it takes a while to gather your “band of brothers” (mine tend to be mostly sisters), your buddies, your protection against the inevitable rudeness of life. I was still reeling from leaving the strong band we had formed in Qatar (and still we are in touch, celebrating and protecting one another), and I was not yet sure where my Kuwait friends would come from.

I was in for a big surprise. I met wonderful friends through blogging. To the best of my knowledge, I am the last one standing of my blogging friends at that time; they were crucial to my investment in Kuwait, and the returns on that investment. I learned from them, I changed a lot of my thinking due to new ideas they introduced, and I profited greatly from our relationships. The friendships I formed in Kuwait rocked my world.

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I was so scared, at the beginning, putting myself and my ideas out there. I loved the feedback I got, and get. I wanted a place to tell my stories so I wouldn’t forget them, and to ponder things I still don’t understand well. Your feedback and input are a great gift to me.

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I still love sharing our trips with you, and, from time to time, puzzlements from my own culture. I’m still that little girl from Juneau, Alaska, a stranger in a strange land.

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Thank you for a wonderful ten years. No, I am not planning to stop. I’ve had to be more patient with myself. Expat lives have spaces in them, time is different outside the United States, less full-all-the-time. I can’t blog the way I used to. I can’t quilt the way I used to. My time is full with AdventureMan, and grandchildren, and family, and church, and volunteer experiences.

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We have a wonderful life, and we still get restless. We take two large trips a year now, to satisfy that wanderlust, and smaller trips to Mobile for Syrian food, to New Orleans for the escape and for Ethiopian food, to Atlanta to see friends, to Seattle to see family – and for Chinese food, to Panama City and Apalachicola for family and oysters.  LOL, yes, there is a pattern. And meanwhile, we are surrounded by some of the best Gulf seafoods, and some of the best BBQ in the world, but man cannot live on BBQ alone.

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Thank you for hanging in there for all these years, and for all the fun we’ve had together. Thank you for helping me learn about and understand the nuances, the deep underbellies of the cultures I otherwise would have skimmed over, never knowing the depth and richness I was missing out on. Thank you for your friendships, and for all the stories you have shared with me in the background that helped me see things differently. It’s you who have rocked my world, with your honesty and your bravery.

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And while you are here, have some mint tea – yes, the mint is from our garden – and cake. Those Venetian ones are soaked in liqueurs, but there are some chocolate ones, and a gingered fruit or two . . .  You are always welcome.

September 6, 2016 - Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Biography, Blogging, Cultural, Eating Out, ExPat Life, Friends & Friendship, Interconnected, Kuwait, Living Conditions, Moving, Pensacola, Stranger in a Strange Land, Travel

10 Comments »

  1. Happy blogiversary! Just wanted to say that if you stop by Waco in the next 2-ish years let me know…we have a guest room set up. You could meet the hermit crabs, little Twig, and go to Magnolia market. Not much else to do here, but the door is always open to friends (even if we’ve never met).

    Comment by emmafreester | September 6, 2016 | Reply

    • Waco! The Magnolia market! TWIG! The Hermit Crabs! Waco is sounding Good!

      Are you happily settled? Has Twig adapted to new time zone?

      Comment by intlxpatr | September 6, 2016 | Reply

      • We are settled! The only thing we still need to do is get some bookshelves – our last three moves pretty much destroyed every shelf we had. As for time zones…he’s definitely used to the time zone, he just needs to learn to go to sleep when I put him down to bed! And sleep through the night someday (he’s only 7 months, I know it’s not abnormal for him to still wake up at this age…but sleep would be nice).

        Comment by emmafreester | September 6, 2016

  2. Love, love, love your cake choices this year! Still love your ramblings–I never get tired of them because I can hear the discussion behind them. I miss those times. Hubby’s retirement pushed back to Sept ’17 due to summer change of command. He promised he would get the new boss up to speed before he left. Look for our New Orleans thing in early 2018, Ok?

    Comment by momcatwa | September 6, 2016 | Reply

    • LOL, Momcat, you might consider coming over Christmas/New Years for that New Orleans visit . . .🙂 TopCop gotta have some down time to keep going🙂

      Comment by intlxpatr | September 6, 2016 | Reply

  3. Happy 10th Anniversary on “Here There and Everywhere”! I had to look up “aerie”…of course, the internet places more importance on commercialization so my first search came up with “bras, undies, swim wear and more.” Use that definition in your first sentence and you can imagine the grin that image brought to my face🙂 Wish you a long and continued success and look forward to reading whenever you write!

    Comment by bitjockey | September 10, 2016 | Reply

    • Total LOL, BitJockey. Hope you found that aerie is that high crag where eagles nest🙂 . I think you lived in similar tower?

      Comment by intlxpatr | September 10, 2016 | Reply

  4. Happy birth anniversary, Pensacola mama!
    Never ever quit and this is by order🙂
    It’s been sheer pleasure getting to know you better through your blog.

    Comment by xylicious007 on FB | October 1, 2016 | Reply

    • LOL, BL! I hope you are happy and doing well, my friend.

      Comment by intlxpatr | October 4, 2016 | Reply

  5. This design is steller! You obviously know how to keep a reader amused. Between your wit and your videos, I was almost moved to start my own blog (well, almost…HaHa!) Wonderful job. I really enjoyed what you had to say, and more than that, how you presented it. Too cool!|

    Comment by Nikole Mowrer | October 24, 2016 | Reply


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