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I have never written a guest post before, but can relate to Laura’s life as an expat and always love reading her recipes (finding the ingredients in Kenya was sometimes a problem though!), Laura also writes lovely comments to posts on my blog…so thought I would offer a piece for her blog while she is having some time out.
I have been home in Scotland for over 2 weeks now. I’ve done a bit of ‘being a tourist’ in Dublin, been a tour guide in Scotland to my Canadian friend and just spent some much needed quality time with the people in my life that I have missed.
I love living abroad. In August I will begin my 8th year of living and working abroad. I love it (have I said that already?). I lived for 4 years in the Middle East and the 3 years in East Africa. But I still miss people (that is a given) and the comforts of life in Scotland.
What do I miss? Too many things to even remember or list. The BBC radio, newspapers with weekend supplements, free range boiled eggs, quiet (it is so quiet at home, so quiet your ears ring), clean air, soft water, drinking from the tap, an oven with more than an ‘on/off’ knob…I won’t go on.
I went food shopping for the first time yesterday. It was a big (huge in fact) shiny Tesco supermarket. Standing outside I told my mum that the size alone made me feel sick. “Does it really need to be so big?” I asked. No, probably not.
We had a list; it is easy in these stores to get a bit sidetracked (!) with so many choices. The bread aisle alone takes you at least 3 minutes.
But as we wandered up and down the aisles I could not contain my excitement and bewilderment at some of the products. “What is this?” Beans in a microwavable pot, soup in a squeezable tube, cereal in a plastic container with room for milk…
Do people buy this stuff?
I think mum was quite pleased to get me out the shop. I would be exaggerating if she said to the lady at the checkout, “I’m sorry, she has just come from Africa,” but only slightly!
Anyhow, I was unable (the power of eyelevel placing!!) to leave without getting myself a few treats; almond milk, cheap cheap cheap blueberries, poppy seeds and soup in a squeezable tube. (Yes, people do buy this stuff!)
This recipe jumped out at me, as I said, I am excited about the fact that there is a temperature gauge on the oven and I am making the most of it!
It was very easy to follow and not as ‘faffy’ as some other recipes I have tried recently. However, I would possibly use soft brown sugar in my crumble the next time, just for a bit more colour.
Joy Wilson or Nigella Lawson I am not (oh, apart from the licking the spoon bit-I am all for that!), but these were easy to bake and seriously tasted great!
I’m looking forward to another few trips to the supermarket while I am home!
I love finding new blogs, so please pop by to ‘Africa, My Africa’ and say hello.
Thanks for having me Laura!
Thanks Robyn for guest posting on my blog as I adjust to my new Canadian life! Check out her blog too!
A big thanks for Loulou for hosting me and I hope everyone goes over there to check it out. While you are at it, check out her blog because it’s awesome and she is awesome too!
Today I am over at Katie’s blog Live Originally with a guest post called “A Day In The Life In France” which comes at a perfect moment because between sewing and watching Harry Potter I have nothing for you…so sad
Have an awesome Thursday everyone!
The wonderful Kaley from the blog Y Mucho Mas is guest posting today! She’s a 25-year-old former (and future) expat, with experience living in several different Spanish cities. She will wed her fiancé, Mario, July 7 in Zamora, Spain. Kaley definitely knows the trials and tribulations of living abroad which I relate to when I visit her blog. I am so grateful to have her guest post for me today!
I’m moving back. To Spain, that is. Spain and I have an on-again, off-again type of relationship. I was there for five months in 2008, three in 2009, way too many in 2010, and six in 2011. Now it’s 2012, and I still haven’t been to Spain. We’ve been off for a while, but I think we’ll be okay because I’m headed back in May. You see, I met this boy back in 2009, and I kind of (sort of really) like him. He got a job, and so I’m making the cross-continental move to be with him.
Living in two different countries gives you a unique perspective on life in those countries. When I’m here (Indiana), I miss stuff in Spain; likewise, when I’m there, I miss stuff here. My brother once asked me, “If you could, would you make a Spain/USA hybrid?” I thought that was brilliant—because yes, I would.
As I’m preparing to move back to the land of bulls, sangria, and sun, I’ve got to thinking about what I love and don’t love about Spain. So, here are my favorite and least favorite things about the country I affectionately call Espain.
These are a few of my favorite things:
· Food. In case you haven’t heard, Spain has great food. I mean, I’m lucky and have a Spanish mother-in-law who’s the world’s best cook, but Italy ain’t got nothin’ on Spanish food. I mean that seriously. Italy gets all the good press, but I’ll take Spanish food any day. Some of my favorites are tortilla de patata (Spanish potato omelette), salchichón (a type of dry-cured sausage), any type of cheese (forgot about French cheese—Spanish cheese is where it’s at!), and pan con tomate (literally, bread with tomato—the world’s most perfect breakfast).
· Paseando. I wrote a post about this. Paseando could translate into taking a stroll. It’s a big social thing in much of Spain. Around 6 or 7 p.m., the people all go out to the street—young and old couples, teenagers, families, elderly gentlemen, everyone. If you’re like my suegros (my mother- and father-in-law), you can count on seeing multiple people you know. It’s a nice way of socializing, and it’s just not possible in most US towns due to lack of walkability.
· Learning. I’m always learning in Spain, whether I want to or not. It might be vocabulary, it might be new foods/drinks, it might be geography, it might be soccer, it might be most anything … but it seems I’m always picking up something new. When you’re living in a foreign country, it’s so easy to learn new things (easy to start, not always easy to finish), whereas it’s quite easy to slip into your comfort zone in your home country. I like the challenge. I’m a perfectionist, you know.
These are a few of my
· Feeling lost. Although my Spanish is quite good, I’m not 100%, nor will I ever be. There are days when I feel utterly lost, whether it’s due to the language barrier, the cultural barrier, or both. Sometimes I just don’t get the context, so I tune out, and that makes it even worse. Plus, it’s nice to be able to just jump into a conversation without feeling like you have to hear absolutely everything that is said, which I can do in English. Not in Spanish. It’s like when people talk during television shows; in Spanish, I can’t focus on both things. It’s one or the other. It’s nice to be able to do this in English
· Missing family. No matter where I am, I’m missing somebody. It’s part of this whole bicultural relationship I’ve chosen, even though my mother warned me about this. I didn’t listen, and now I’m doomed to always be wishing someone were here with me. Right now, I miss Mario; soon, I’ll be missing my parents, my brother, my other family, and my friends here in the US. It’s just how it is, but it doesn’t make it suck any less.
· Being the token American. When I’m with Mario’s friends and family, I usually play the role of the token American who Has Opinions about Things. It can get old after a while. I’m just not good at expressing spoken opinions, and I fear I often come off as very wishy-washy and uneducated. I don’t pretend to be able to represent all of the US, and trying to do so is exhausting.
Thank you Kaley for your great post and I hope you are having a great week everyone!
Hey everyone! I’m on vacation in The Alps and a little absent from the blogging world. Thank goodness for the awesome blogging community to help me out! Loulou from Loulou Downtown will be guest posting for me today. She was extremely sweet to visit my favourite place in Toronto and report back here about it! Loulou is living downtown Toronto with her husband Nick. On her blog she shares very interesting stories about her adventures, the city, DIYs and recipes…oh, and her (very) cute cat! So, without further ado…
I am delighted to be guest posting here at Laura’s blog! She and I met through our blogs and we’ve become fast on-line friends. In addition to the fact that she is such a sweetie and writes about interesting topics, our attraction could also be because we share the experience of both having lived in Toronto, where I currently am. Through my posts about life in this city, I can show her what she has left behind, while she is off living a dream and residing in France!
For this guest post I suggested that she select one of her favourite places in Toronto and then I would go there and check it out and report back. The place she picked was “Wanda’s Pie in The Sky”, located in Kensington Market.
Though I have spent much time in this market shopping for food, I had never been to Wanda’s, so was excited to go there and see it. What I found was a warm and friendly place, selling the most delectable looking treats. Aside from the gorgeous sweet things they had on offer, they also had a counter filled with tasty looking salads and light meals. And the aroma of freshly brewed fair-trade coffee permeated the environment.
I bought a selection of goodies to bring home to share with my husband Nick. They were all very good though we both particularly loved the molasses cookie! Delicious.
In closing I’d like to thank Laura for inviting me to guest post, and also to thank her for introducing me to Wanda’s Pie in The Sky.
With friendly regards, Loulou
Also check out the post that Loulou just wrote about Kensignton market here!