Suzette is an authentic French creperie in Mumbai. This cafe restaurant opened the third store in Mumbai in Powai after the previous two restaurants in Nariman Point and Bandra. The blog post about Suzette in Bandra is here. I had a chance to visit Suzette in Powai the other day. I did not intend to write a blog post about the cafe even though I would have loved to since I did not have my DSLR with me. However, in the end I did and I have a story behind it.
Thing To Love About Expat Life
One thing that I really like about living overseas as a non-working spouse is random rendezvous with friends out in town which I seldom experience when I am home (in Japan or the U.S.). People tend to be busier back home, too. This might only apply to hardship posts, but in cities where expat communities are relatively small and expats depend on each other, they seem to be more accepting and welcoming.
The other day I was headed out to my friend’s for an event she was hosting at her residence in Powai, but I arrived in her neighborhood a bit too early. Thus, I decided to check out the new Suzette opened in Powai. I walked into Suzette and there they were some of my lady friends sitting in a restaurant and having breakfast together. They happened to be headed to the same event as I was going later.
They saw me walk in and welcomed me to join them at their table. I originally planned to get a cup of coffee and take some photos of the restaurant for my Instagram feed, but I ended up having a very lovely conversation with them that accompanied my latte and delicious croissant.
Then I realized that this is a very lovely part of expat life especially in hardship posts. Whether you hang out together often or not, whether you have kids in the same grade or not, or whether you belong to the same group to do activities with or not, when someone is alone, you invite that person. It might not always happen, but it happens and when it happens, it is very heartwarming.
There are many perks for living an expat life. (I am not forgetting the hardships of living overseas as well, but I try not to bring my attention to them to stay focused on the positives of living abroad.) One big difference between living overseas and traveling overseas is that you cultivate friendship overseas with whoever you connect with. It requires for you to make an effort to get to know your friends. At the same time, sometimes how you hang out with friends overseas can be totally random and spontaneous. It is more fun this way.
I started to have this type of thoughts more frequently these days because my family and I are leaving the country this summer and we are headed back home, our home as a family, the U.S. I will miss this type of gatherings. The gatherings that are relaxed and spontaneous. The ones that you don’t have to pre-arrange and happen because we are expats and we look out for each other.
Ventura Building, High Street
Hiranandani Gardens, Powai
PHONE: 808080 9554
HOURS: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.
All the photos were taken with a VSCO Cam on my iPod Touch.