I have a confession to make: I am not a hard core expat by any means! I know people who move to places that are so remote and removed from everything they know that every aspect of their lives have to change. That has not been my experience as an expat. Taiwan is fairly westernized and Hsinchu has a few import shops and you can get anything and everything you have a craving for in Taipei.
What's more is that I receive regular care packages from my wonderful and amazingly generous mom that make the ocean separating Taiwan and the US seem a lot smaller and make my cravings for home dissipate a little.
The contents of the packages are usually the same:
World Market products along the lines of dried soups, pastas, earrings, scone mixes, etc.
Trader Joes products along the lines of licorice, gnocchi, trail mix, etc.
Safeway products along the lines of fried onion straws, taco seasoning mixes, spinach tortillas, ranch packets, etc.
Target products along the lines of makeup, face wash, tee shirts, tampons, deodorant, etc
Basically, I live in Taiwan but my dear mother keeps us supplied with the must-haves from back home. Most of the items we truly cannot get in Taiwan but some of the others are just things we want in particular from home.
Does Taiwan sell deodorant? Of course.
Is it what I want to slather in my armpits? No.
It just doesn't smell right.
We all have our creature comforts, the things we want because they're what we know and like.
And today is one of those glorious days when Sean + I get to rip into a new care package, which is huge and weighed nearly 30 pounds, and roll around in delight on the floor a midst our new goodies like hot pink polka dot cozy sweatshirts and red velvet chocolate bars!