Saturday, February 12, 2011

March Like an Egyptian

In honor of all the Egyptians who stood up for their dignity against an oppressive regime, in particular the ones who lost their lives or were injured.  The whole world is with you.

The Wind of Change

The world closing in
Did you ever think
That we could be so close, like brothers
The future's in the air
I can feel it everywhere
Blowing with the wind of change

Not Really on Topic, but I Like the Music.

All the kids in the marketplace say:
Walk like an Egyptian.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Cultural Arbitrage

When I first moved abroad, there were numerous comfort items that I stocked each time I returned to the US.  We usually traveled with a suitcase inside another empty suitcase.  I used to think of ways to make a fortune by importing items that weren't available in Germany.  Nowadays, my list has become very short.  If you come to visit, you'll always be welcome if you bring one of these items:

Orville Reddenbacher Microwave Popcorn -- preferably Natural Butter

Jif Creamy Peanut Butter -- go ahead, get the four pound size

Excedrin Extra Strength -- cheap (by German standards) and effective, it works for most regular headaches

Goldtoe Socks -- Canterbury mid-calf, black.  These are the best mass-produced socks in the world.  My current ones are two years old.  (I have a twitchy big toe that pokes holes in most socks after two months.)

I always enjoy asking new expats what they miss from home.