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.
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!”
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.
Monticello.After returning from Michigan we spent another night in Fredericksburg before departing for a couple days in Charlottesville, where I went to college and where Kail and I spent our minimoon. Needless to say, I love Charlottesville.
‘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.
We’re about halfway through home leave. Our departure for Afghanistan seems far enough away, but I know how quickly a few weeks can go by. Time flies when you’re relaxing and spending time with loved ones.
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.