Home Leave | Filipino Breakfast

Since Kail joined the Foreign Service, any time we’ve gone back to the U.S., we have found it difficult to moderate our diets. We’re so excited to experience our favorite — or even non-favorite but simply nostalgia-inducing — foods and restaurants that our clothes are fitting a bit tighter by the end of our trip.

Happy Birthday, Kail!

Our transfer to/from Kabul sort of got in the way of properly celebrating Kail’s Birthweek this year and last. This year the celebration has spanned much longer than a week, with some gifts given in time for our packout from Kabul and others awaiting us at my parents’ house in Virginia, where I shipped them so they couldContinue reading “Happy Birthday, Kail!”

Home Leave | Virginia Beach

Hermanas.Lest I give the impression that our home leave has solely been filled with educational and enlightening activities, I’ll now share a little bit about the post-Charlottesville leg of our Virginia stay: outlet shopping and a theme park. And not just any theme park: Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

Home Leave | Fredericksburg

‘Merica.This is America: craft beers, drive-through Starbucks, Target and every big-box store imaginable conveniently located within a mile of each other. This is also America: a diner at a family restaurant wearing a t-shirt comparing “mudding” (off-roading in the mud in a 4×4 vehicle) to sex. True story.

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.