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Duty Free
I picked up some packaged halvah and a couple of other items at the duty-free shops inside the secure area near the gates, and as I have a couple of times before, wished I could get away with buying some of the interesting liquor that's available. In some situations, once you're in the "sterile" secure area of the airport, you can do whatever you want with liquids, but apparently passengers aren't allowed to take any liquids aboard the Continental flights at all. I had to pour out the water bottle I'd filled up at a water fountain, and other people had to toss the water bottles they'd just purchased.

One of the temptations for me was the watch counter, which among other things had some very nice Swatches and Swiss Army watches, not to mention fancier and pricier brands. The incredibly thin Swatch Skin watch many of you have seen me wearing is actually an airport purchase. I bought it ten years ago (almost to the day) at Madrid Barajas Airport on the way from our family vacation in Spain that spring. I seriously considered buying a new Swatch, or something else, since after all, it's been ten years and I've worn this watch nearly every day since then. (I almost never don't put on my watch for the day; beach vacations are when I don't put it on at all.) But then I decided it's still perfect. No need to replace it.

In any event, we'd noticed on the way over two weeks ago that there's a fantastic deal on a Macallan Scotch whisky I don't have, in Continental's duty-free magazine. There was no point in buying it on the way to Israel, since it would have to be consumed before we left, but I decided I'd buy it on the way home. Not that I need more Scotch, mind you, but this should be good stuff. And, not that I need to rationalize it, since I know the Scotch will go to good use, but it's easy to convince myself that I'd have bought lots more Scotch if I'd been in town last week, when Judd Falls Wine & Spirits had another of their Scotch tastings.

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polypolyglot From: polypolyglot Date: April 26th, 2010 03:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I totally misread that start as "I picked up some packaged hashish..."
vvalkyri From: vvalkyri Date: April 26th, 2010 02:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Had something similar getting out of New Zealand. We'd already gone through security, and there was much annoyance with the duty free folk about whether filled chocolates were okay. So everyone bought their liquids in the stuff after security. And then we found ourselves in a ridiculously long line to go through separate security for our flight. We were an hour late because the magnetometer was broken and they were wanding everyone.

But the craziest thing was the liquids. Remember: we had all bought liquids after security. And the shops after security were not only selling water and soda but beer and wine and champagne and cosmetics. It was awful. There was a huge garbage can just full of all this stuff.

There was a full bottle of champagne in the top of the garbage can, and there were a bunch of cups by the water fountain. I got the champagne out, but I'd never opened a bottle of champagne, and making a big pop and projectile didn't seem the most clever thing. I was there with a busful of band, but couldn't convince anybody to open the champagne.

Pity, as it would have made the next 45 minutes go by much faster.
wicked_sassy From: wicked_sassy Date: May 14th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC) (Link)
Wandered over here from food_porn to say (if you didn't know already): your shakshuka is famous! :)
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: May 14th, 2010 01:58 pm (UTC) (Link)

Funky. Thanks!
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