On Spanish Pronunciation

Compared to French, Spanish pronunciation is a piece of cake, or pan comido, as the Spanish saying goes. Everything is spelled the way it sounds, and so far I have only encountered two accent marks en español (aquí tiene el otro).Compared to English pronunciation? How does anyone ever learn English? I mean really. Any time IContinue reading “On Spanish Pronunciation”

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”

The Salvadoran Way

The CLO (Community Liaison Officer) at the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador sent out a welcome guide to new and upcoming arrivals — an 80-page PDF covering everything from safety and security to restaurants, shopping and employment at post. It had lots of useful information and I’m sure I’ll be consulting it again as ourContinue reading “The Salvadoran Way”

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”