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.

Thinking About Jordan

I haven’t written much about Jordan, other than that we’re moving there. I mentioned I applied for some jobs. I also wrote about trying to learn Arabic.The truth is: I haven’t had much to update since Kail got his assignment after bidding within our first two weeks of arriving to Kabul. We were glad to get ourContinue reading “Thinking About Jordan”

Advice for Future Foreign Service Spouses

One positive thing that has come from my blog (other than meeting friends on the internet) has been the occasional opportunity to help future Eligible Family Members (EFMs) and Members of Household (MOHs) — in other words, future Foreign Service spouses/significant others who are contemplating or have made the decision to pack up and move around theContinue reading “Advice for Future Foreign Service Spouses”

Job Hunting, Again

Despite my intentions otherwise, during the pre-bid-submission period (all of two weeks), I did as much research as I could into life at post, including employment opportunities for EFMs. I was barely a week into my current job (even now, I’m three months in) and already it’s time to start thinking about applying for the next one.

Next Post: Amman, Jordan

Source: CIA World Factbook.We are going to Amman, Jordan for our next post! It will be a four-year tour (technically two two-year assignments with home leave in between).Kail only submitted bids to four assignments, and Amman was No. 1. We would have been happy with any of them so the only downside would have been not getting placed this roundContinue reading “Next Post: Amman, Jordan”

Afghanistan Arrival

Drexel Heritage furniture, how I’ve missed you.Kail and I arrived safely to Afghanistan last week. It’s been a whirlwind first few days in country, what with the long journey, jetlag, various orientations/check-in processes and trying to meet our colleagues and neighbors, learn our way around and, oh yeah, dive into work. We’re adapting, slowly but surely.

Navigating the Transfer Process as an EFM

Our life for the past two months.Moving to a new post — otherwise known as Permanent Change of Station (PCS) — is never easy. Yes, we have movers who pack everything for us and a house/apartment/shipping container in which to live. And yes, it’s on the government’s dime. But the process is not without its stresses.