Packout: Afghanistan Edition

Fourteen boxes and 1,163 pounds later, we are packed and ready to leave Kabul. Getting organized for this packout was not as complex as previous ones, since we basically only have one shipment (HHE) going from Kabul to Amman. (Plus our four suitcases which we’ll live out of during these last few days in Kabul,Continue reading “Packout: Afghanistan Edition”

Packout Prep: Afghanistan Edition

We had our pre-packout survey last week, meaning we are one step closer to PCS-ing (Permanent Change of Station) out of this place. The pre-packout survey consisted of the movers coming to our apartment and looking at our stuff in order to estimate our total weight and how many boxes they’ll need.

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”

Packout Prep: Salvadoran Edition

Our packout is this week. Kail and I have spent a couple hours a day over the last two weeks sorting and organizing and labeling and donating and yes, tossing. This is our first post, which means we just went through this whole rigamarole of paring down before moving here. We haven’t even lived in ElContinue reading “Packout Prep: Salvadoran Edition”

Things You Can’t Buy in El Salvador

I recently returned from a trip to DC and, as is customary among Foreign Service folk, stuffed my suitcases with random items ranging from bourbon to dry shampoo. In my nine months living in El Salvador, I’ve found that I can purchase most things I need locally — either in local grocery stores, markets and malls or atContinue reading “Things You Can’t Buy in El Salvador”

House Tour | Before & After: Guest Bedroom

No Spanish Friday today. We’ve finally arrived at the part of the house tour that you probably care most about: the guest bedroom.Before we arrived, we requested that one of the two spare bedrooms be converted into an office, which consisted of removing the bed and nightstand and adding a desk, chair and some shelves. So we wereContinue reading “House Tour | Before & After: Guest Bedroom”

House Tour | Before & After: Office

Right now I’m sitting at my command center, aka my dual-monitored desk in my our home office. (But it really is mine, because if I’m at home and I’m not asleep, I’m usually in here.) The office is by far my favorite room in the house. This is where I do all my writing, blogging, photo-editing,Continue reading “House Tour | Before & After: Office”

House Tour | Before & After: Master Bedroom

In continuation with my house tour, I’m skipping Wordless Wednesday this week. Today I’m taking you into the master bedroom, which probably has had the most drastic before-and-after change since we swapped out our embassy-issued bed for our own bed and DIY headboard. Master bedroom, before.

House Tour | Before & After: Kitchen & Dining Room

This is the second in a series of posts touring our apartment in San Salvador. Yesterday, I showed you around our living room, along with the entryway and patio. Today, we’ll take a look around arguably the most important areas of our home: the kitchen and dining room.