Notes from the Field: El Salvador

Today I’m over at The New Diplomat’s Wife, where Ania is featuring El Salvador in this edition of her Notes from the Field series. I’ve been reading Ania’s blog since before we embarked on our FS journey and had been meaning to ask about a Salvadoran edition of Notes from the Field once we wereContinue reading “Notes from the Field: El Salvador”

Spanish Friday: Pupusas en Afganistán

Today is Spanish Friday: Blog post in Spanish; English translation below.Yo no creía que comería las pupusas en Afganistán pero me sorprendía. No las comí en la cafetería pero en la casa de unos amigos que vivían en El Salvador con nosotros y están aquí en Kabul.Pupusas de frijol con queso, con curtido y salsa roja.

Afghanistan Culebra

I neglected to adjust the recipe for altitude but it turned out OK.One thing that seems to cross all cultures is food — specifically, a love of it. I didn’t need to take “Afghan Familiarization,” the mandatory pre-departure training at the Foreign Service Institute, to know this, though they did suggest that, upon return from one’s travels,Continue reading “Afghanistan Culebra”

Project Life: El Salvador | Completed

While I was excited about the arrival of our coffee maker (and good coffee) and the rest of our things, one of the things I was most looking forward to unpacking was my El Salvador scrapbook. I got caught up to date in March and worked on it throughout the spring, adding things like buceo, our Semana Santa tripContinue reading “Project Life: El Salvador | Completed”

Spanish Friday: ¡Adiós, El Salvador!

Today is Spanish Friday: Blog post in Spanish; English translation below.Querido El Salvador,Me voy. Después de un año y nueve meses — no suficiente tiempo — me voy para el próximo capítulo de la vida en el extranjero. Estoy dejando un país lindo, una gente tan amable y unas memorias inolvidables.

Packout: Salvadoran Edition

Six suitcases and 105 boxes contain almost all the possessions Kail and I own (a few things are in permanent storage in DC). The six suitcases and 20 boxes (about 330 pounds of UAB and 300 pounds of HHE) will be coming with us to Afghanistan, while the remaining 85 boxes (some 2,800 pounds) will be heading toContinue reading “Packout: Salvadoran Edition”

Spanish Friday: Despedirnos

Today is Spanish Friday: Blog post in Spanish; English translation below.Ni Kail ni yo nos gusta festejar a nosotros mismos. Tampoco estar en el centro de la atención. (Nuestra boda fue la única excepción, pero todavía me sentía un poco ansiosa con todos los ojos en mí.) No planeábamos tener una despedida, pero cuando nuestra amigaContinue reading “Spanish Friday: Despedirnos”