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Who Knew? Intlxpatr Turns 12 Years Old

Welcome! Grab a flute, come on in and mingle.


Who knew, when I held my breath and posted my first post in September of 2006, that I would still be blogging – with the same blog (!) – twelve years later.

I miss my life. It’s hard to remember that it wasn’t perfect, and it wasn’t. When I started blogging in Kuwait, I was once again going up against the steep learning curve of starting over in a new place, discovering where to buy groceries (milk and dairy at the local Co-op, fresh vegetables at a huge vegetable market to the south of Fintas, western staples – a luxury – at the Sultan Center. I bought what I needed, most of the time, but occasionally, a price would be so shockingly out of line that I couldn’t bring myself to do it – like a package of chocolate chip cookies that you just cut and bake for something like $15 when I could make them from scratch by myself. But I digress.

Blogging was new and fresh, and I loved reading the thoughts of other bloggers. I learned so much, and I learned to think differently. Their thoughts were not my thoughts, and I got a very clear view of my own cultural blinders.

I also met some wonderful Kuwaitis. It was a world I loved, a world of ideas and discussions. It was fun. I quickly felt at home in Kuwait; I felt I was gaining perspective from many minds, and it helped me form a more complex picture. I laugh to think it will never be a complete picture; you know how even people you’ve known for a long time can surprise you?

AventureMan told me today I had surprised him. He was talking about how good we are at doing our homework for trips, and how we “roll with the punches.” In my very direct way, I said “No we don’t! We gripe with the punches.”

First I got a stunned silence, then the guffaw of laughter, and then we were both laughing. I love it that I can still catch him by surprise.

So welcome to the celebration of 12 years sharing lives, sharing ideas, sharing our common humanity. This year, in addition to the beautiful cakes I have so much fun enjoying in virtual world, I have added cupcakes, in honor of a five year old granddaughter who has a great eye.




Please stay as long as you’d like . . .

September 5, 2018 - Posted by | Adventure, Arts & Handicrafts, Blogging, Civility, Community, Cross Cultural, ExPat Life, Interconnected, Kuwait, Pensacola, Shopping


  1. Congratulations!

    Comment by Jeffie Ann | September 6, 2018 | Reply

  2. FΓ©licitations from France! I’ve read your blog since I started mine a few years after you did, and I know it is a challenge sometimes to keep hings interesting but it is such a great learning experience to have contact with people from all over the world, each with her (his) own unique experiences and insights. Love all your cake photos. Enjoy, and keep going.

    Comment by Miss Footloose | September 19, 2018 | Reply

    • So good to see you again, Ms. Footloose! We are heading in your direction again just after Thanksgiving. We are still so addicted to France, we miss the winter foods!

      Comment by intlxpatr | September 21, 2018 | Reply

  3. love this post and love you!

    Comment by little d | September 19, 2018 | Reply

    • I love you, too, Little D, and think of all the good times we have had together. We still laugh about the “fatted-fig” and bier-eyn!

      Comment by intlxpatr | September 21, 2018 | Reply

  4. Congratulations 🎈🎊 πŸŽ‰
    I will take up your offer and stay awhile πŸ˜‹

    Comment by sleeplessinsaudi88 | September 22, 2018 | Reply

    • Ahlen! Ahlen! πŸ™‚

      Comment by intlxpatr | September 23, 2018 | Reply

  5. You are 12 years young already. Alf Mabrook!
    It’s about time you visited India.

    Comment by Duffus | October 7, 2018 | Reply

  6. LLOOLLL, Duffus, I KNEW it was you! We actually planned to visit India this year, but the more we looked at the trip, the crazier it seemed – it was going in AUGUST! We are still looking, AdventureMan wants to visit the tiger preserves in Rajasthan, and I would like to look at textiles in the southern part of India. πŸ™‚ I always look for you and your family on our trips and wonder if our paths have crossed, all unknowing.

    Comment by intlxpatr | October 27, 2018 | Reply

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