Kail stayed behind in Michigan while I headed to the Berkeley area in Northern California to visit my friend Catherine, who had moved there from Washington earlier in the year. Catherine and I have been friends since college way back when — and a lot has change since. She now has two little ones, andContinue reading “Home Leave | California”
Kail and I went to the U.S. on home leave over the summer. Jordan is our first four-year assignment (technically two two-year assignments), and it was the first time we took home leave in the middle of a tour, as opposed to in between assignments.In some ways, middle-of-tour home leave is less relaxing, because KailContinue reading “Home Leave | Washington & Fredericksburg”
I love Thanksgiving. Over the past few years, Kail and I have celebrated Thanksgiving around the world: At friends’ homes in San Salvador, Athens, and Sydney; in our own home in San Salvador; and in the Kabul DFAC (not as fun).
A few weeks ago, Kail and I visited Mukawir, a hilltop site overlooking the Dead Sea. It is famous not only for its beautiful panoramic views of the Dead Sea, but as the site of Herod the Great’s fortress and the place where John the Baptist was imprisoned and beheaded.
View of Mount Lycabettus from the Acropolis.Kail and I spent Thanksgiving weekend in Athens, Greece, visiting friends we met in El Salvador. One of the best things about the Foreign Service is having friends all over the world.
Kail and I were supposed to spend Thanksgiving at a big dinner with friends and colleagues, but circumstances beyond my control meant I had to miss the celebration entirely. I was kind of bummed, but I still managed to enjoy the DFAC‘s finest Thanksgiving lunch and, most importantly, prepare our contribution to the potluck. Also, I got toContinue reading “Thanksgiving in Kabul”
Cinnamon-raisin biscuits (scones).One of our friends from El Salvador who is serving here in Kabul is departing post soon. Because we wanted to wish her farewell and make the most of the short time our tours overlap, and because we packed so much pancake mix and Bisquick into our consumables shipment, Kail and I invited her and a few friends overContinue reading “Brinner | Breakfast for Dinner”
Kail and I have been spoiled when it comes to food. The culinary bar has been set high. No, I’m not talking about the DFAC (although it’s not that bad). I’m talking about the wonderful home-cooked meals of which we’ve been fortunate enough to partake.
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.
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”