Apparently you can take the girl out of the Middle East but you can’t take the Middle East out of the girl. Last week we were in Japan roaming the Nishiki Market area in Kyoto, trying to decide on what to eat for dinner. Suddenly, we stumbled upon the most fabulous sight, a schwarma stand! Schwarma shops are on every corner in Kuwait, and were in a strong rotation of food we ate in the two years we were in the Middle East. Hayden and I approached the Turkish worker with a happy “As-salam alaykom.” A huge smile spread across his face as he in returned the greeting to me in Arabic. We exchanged quick chit-chat as I ordered and paid for my Schwarma, both clearly outsiders to the Japanese culture, enjoying a moment of connection with someone from the other side of the world.
Shukran Schwarma Man, Shukran.