Monday, February 06, 2012
I spent some time over the weekend reading expat blogs. An "expat" is a person native to one country who packs everything up and moves to another country. These types of blogs are fascinating! While most expats love their new location, I notice a familiar thread amongst them all- all the expats miss certain foods or products from their native country, things that evoke a sense of comfort in their lives.
For many American expats, they miss particular foods. One expat from the American south lamented the lack of fried okra in England! I found that comical (I had fried okra once, and I will never miss it!). :) But I can understand the feeling. I have never traveled out of the country but I have been away from home (and New York State) for extended periods of time. I have missed certain things from home that make my home... well, home.
I would miss real, Italian-made pizza. I would miss spicy chicken wings. When we traveled to Virginia, we got pizza and wings from a "real," New York style pizzeria (so the sign said). When we got our order, the pizza was *ok* (not enough crust and too little cheese) but the wings were not Buffalo chicken wings-- they were tiny pieces of southern friend chicken! We giggled at the food, being the New York pizza and wings connoisseurs that we are, LOL. But if I ever had to live down south for any extended period of time, I knew I would be in trouble, lol!
What about you? What are some things that you associate with home that you could not do without if you traveled far away or lived in another country? Would it be your ipod touch 8 gb, your TV shows, your special cuisine?