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it's been a minute

… since I actually wrote something here. Sorry about that.

I am sitting in the corner of one of my favorite coffee shops, wondering how to write a post that will bring my blog back to life. 558 more words


We're home

Deutsch? Klick hier!
Pictures/Bilder? C/Klick here/hier!

After a few very hard days with many goodbyes, tears and hugs, a 753-mile drive, two overnight stops, and multiple bathroom breaks, we’re finally here. 1,621 more words

Trailing Spouse

Wet market, Dry market, Mop market, call it what you want, it's got everything you need.

I’ve got a new friend! Okay, maybe if you know me well, you aren’t so surprised, but I’m beyond excited. Sometimes you meet someone, and it just clicks. 772 more words

Where am I?

We have news. I’ll save it for the end.

The Foreign Service has a requirement, mandated by the act of Congress, that any employee assigned abroad for any extended period of time—more than 18 months as defined in legislation—must return to the United States for no less than two weeks per year abroad for Home Leave. 624 more words

Foreign Service Life

Chopstick Thief (by Linnea)

At the US Embassy in China, the food is okay. I’m all gung-ho about chopsticks. Mostly because it slows down my eating process, but whatever. Since we just moved (exactly three weeks ago), there are absolutely no chopsticks WHATSOEVER inside of this shell of a house. 212 more words

PDX to Beijing

When Charlie got on the register to be an IMS (Information Management Specialist) for the DOS (Department of State)(get used to the acronyms folks), he went onto Wikipedia and printed all the possible locations that we could be given.   282 more words

That would be a bad day...

I’ve completed the visa portion of my consular training, and have moved on to the American Citizen Services part of the class.  We spent last week learning exactly how US citizen parents transmit their citizenship to children… 285 more words