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We’re On Our Way to Pretoria

Two weeks ago I received my next assignment, which is Pretoria, South Africa.  I was blown away when I got the news.  It was number six on my list of ten posts, of which most admittedly were very nice...

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Too Many Things to Report…..

Man, where do I start.  Obviously it’s been a really long time since I last put anything up on this blog.  I guess I’ll start by commenting on the previous post, the one about us going to Pretoria....

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Back in the States

So we have completed our tour in Ankara and are now back in Virginia doing the whirlwind month known as home leave.  I say whirlwind because we are about to embark on a 2 week trip that will take us...

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Clubbing in Bangkok

We have been in Bangkok for 2 weeks now, and what a time it has been!  This city is so alive and reverberating with energy you can feel; it’s quite exciting.  Several thoughts on the embassy: it is...

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Getting to Fiji

Well, here I am sitting in the wonderful Holiday Inn in Suva, Fiji (it’s really not that wonderful, just OK).  Let me tell you as briefly as I can about my rather harrowing journey to get here: I’ll...

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Words/Phrases describing Fiji so far…

Bula! (That means hello) Scary Taxi Scary Airplane Wet Rain Nice People Curly Hair Men wear sarongs (looks comfortable) Expensive, restrictive Wireless Internet at hotel Rain again Did I mention rain?...

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An Unfortunate Reality of Foreign Service Life.

My Grandmother died yesterday.  She had been pretty uncomfortable for a while; it sounds like she just said “I’m done!” and called it quits, passing away in her sleep peacefully.  I like to think that...

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Word Association – Vientiane, Laos

Sabai Dee – “Hello!” Close to Thai Khop Chai – “Thank you” Also close to Thai More conservative than Bangkok – Then again, it’s not hard to be more conservative than Bangkok.. Cheap! Everything is...

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Observations – Japan

Osaka, Japan 1. Cool weather! 2. Changing leaves! 3. People riding bicycles everywhere. 4. Hardly anyone speaks any English. 5. BIG city – at least the same size as NYC. 6. Not much space. 7. Clean. 8....

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It’s been a while….

I don’t know if anyone actually reads any of this drivel that I put up here from time to time, so if anyone does, sorry for the lack of anything for oh, the last year… So much has happened in my life...

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