Things I’m Going to Miss About America: Costco

This is probably going to be the first in an occasional series of posts on things I’m going to miss about America (other than family and friends, that is).Ah, Costco. My husband and I live very close to a Costco. Like, within walking distance. You might be wondering why anyone would ever want to walkContinue reading “Things I’m Going to Miss About America: Costco”

Foreign Service Blog Round Up: Chaos

Well hello, bandwagon.I knew I wasn’t the only person who thought of the brilliant idea to start a blog chronicling my adventures abroad as a Foreign Service spouse. I have discovered that there is an entire community of Foreign Service bloggers — blogs by FSOs themselves (State & USAID), blogs by their spouses and partners,Continue reading “Foreign Service Blog Round Up: Chaos”

Marathon Training Abroad

I found out yesterday that I did not get into the 2012 New York City Marathon. This was my second attempt to enter via the lottery system. This year I now face the problem I did in 2010, the first time I tried to get in to New York: Registration for both the Marine CorpsContinue reading “Marathon Training Abroad”

Learning Spanish with Rosetta Stone

We’ve all seen the ads praising how easy it is to learn a new language using Rosetta Stone. Rosetta Stone uses “Dynamic Immersion,” which the company describes as its “award-winning method for learning new languages” modeled after the way in which people learn their first language. But does Rosetta Stone work?