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28 years ago.........

Thursday, December 06, 2012

28 years ago today I began my Expat journey. It was a cold, sub zero day, with a horrible winter blizzard that had most airports on the East coast closed, including JFK, where I was headed. With passports, plane tickets in hand, my 6 year old daughter, my 3 year old son in tow, I said good bye to my family and boarded the snowed in plane from Central NY to JFK then to Saudi Arabia. 13 hours later, on December 7, 1984 at 4:25PM, we landed in Dhahran Saudi Arabia without our luggage. It got left behind when we had plane mix ups due to the storm. My husband and I are still here but our kids are now 34 and 31 and haven't been back here in almost 15 years.
It is no longer fun and I hate it but it's better than trying to run 2 households all year, especially in the winter since our home is in New England USA. I make the best of it with the internet, SparkPeople and my cross stitching.

Today when we were out in the stores, we found Christmas decorations, garland, tree ornaments, lights, tinsel, disco balls, Christmas hang up signs, etc, even a miniature tree about a foot tall. We bought a couple items because if we go back again, they will be gone, confiscated by the religious zealot police. (Christmas as with every single other holiday is frowned upon, illegal, against the laws etc in this country) Also bought another turkey.
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NORASPAT 12/6/2012 8:17PM

    WooHoo is the turkey a little bigger????Good thinking to get the buys when you can. Now just maybe you might have snow--Just kidding.
We are down to the below freezing and Western mountains are expecting single digits and possible snow. It is that time of year. DH is getting his voice back his beard is getting soft and Fuzzy and his face is still very painful from the Shingles. Once the lesions are gone and the face is clean shaven our Acupuncturist MD is hoping to help with the nerve pain issues.
We have no Christmas plans but I am so happy you do, HUGS Pat in Maine.
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NBARNES 12/6/2012 7:08PM

    Well I wish you all the best - and at least you got the turkey early this time emoticon

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MAGGIEVAN 12/6/2012 4:14PM

    I feel for you being so far away from home and in a hostile country where everything western is froned upon. I can also see that you are making the best of the situation. Good on you. Have a great Christmas and New Year.

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