Interview: Being a Non-Foreign Service Expat in El Salvador

I know my blog makes expat life as a Foreign Service wife sound glamorous and exciting. It is, and it isn’t. Certainly, living in El Salvador has its perks. Living here and being affiliated with the Foreign Service does as well. But what about all those other expats out there, brought to El Salvador byContinue reading “Interview: Being a Non-Foreign Service Expat in El Salvador”

Interview: Packout Prep

It’s almost summer transfer season, when employees and their families are departing from and arriving to post seemingly every week. And while we’ve only been at post six months and have a long way to go before we even think about bidding, much less leaving, I know onward assignments and packouts are on a lotContinue reading “Interview: Packout Prep”

Making Friends in San Salvador

As you know, I like to try to plan everything — and friendships are no exception. The funny thing about friendships and relationships in general is that they cannot be planned. Sure, you can “put yourself out there” and join as many clubs as you can and attend as many social gatherings as you canContinue reading “Making Friends in San Salvador”

Interview: Running Abroad

I’m a runner. And while I’m not training for a marathon or any other big race this summer (as of now, anyway), I’m still trying to log miles regularly. I’ve been worrying thinking about how living overseas will affect my running and fitness. Will I be relegated to a treadmill forever? Is tennis going toContinue reading “Interview: Running Abroad”

Raising Third-Culture Children: The Other Side

Many of my fellow Foreign Service bloggers have children and are raising them in the typical nomadic FS lifestyle. Many others in the Foreign Service don’t have children (myself included) but will probably have them one day. Signing up for this lifestyle requires taking a hard look at how this will affect not only youContinue reading “Raising Third-Culture Children: The Other Side”

First-Post Tips for a Trailing Spouse: Part Two

ICYMI: Yesterday I posted Part One of “First Post Tips for A Trailing Spouse” with Dani at Hot Pot, who is preparing for Post No. 2 in New Delhi, India. She recently launched a new blog series, “Life Lessons from Overseas: Things I Learned as a ‘Diplomat’s’ Wife,” based on her first post in Chengdu,Continue reading “First-Post Tips for a Trailing Spouse: Part Two”

First-Post Tips for a Trailing Spouse: Part One

As soon as I discovered this global community of FS bloggers, I’ve been pondering doing an interview post on their experiences as a “trailing spouse” and tips for first-timers like me. After stalking reading a few blogs, I decided to reach out to Dani at Hot Pot, who has just finished up her first postContinue reading “First-Post Tips for a Trailing Spouse: Part One”