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.

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.

Consumables Shopping: Afghanistan Edition

A selection of our preferred consumable items.We had our consumables packout last week. We’re sending 760 pounds of personal hygiene and beauty products, cleaning supplies, snacks, nonperishable foods and other goods to Afghanistan. This is separate from the roughly 600+ pounds of clothes and housing items we shipped directly from El Salvador.

Packout: Salvadoran Edition

Six suitcases and 105 boxes contain almost all the possessions Kail and I own (a few things are in permanent storage in DC). The six suitcases and 20 boxes (about 330 pounds of UAB and 300 pounds of HHE) will be coming with us to Afghanistan, while the remaining 85 boxes (some 2,800 pounds) will be heading toContinue reading “Packout: Salvadoran Edition”

Packout Prep: Salvadoran Edition

Our packout is this week. Kail and I have spent a couple hours a day over the last two weeks sorting and organizing and labeling and donating and yes, tossing. This is our first post, which means we just went through this whole rigamarole of paring down before moving here. We haven’t even lived in ElContinue reading “Packout Prep: Salvadoran Edition”

Things You Can’t Buy in El Salvador

I recently returned from a trip to DC and, as is customary among Foreign Service folk, stuffed my suitcases with random items ranging from bourbon to dry shampoo. In my nine months living in El Salvador, I’ve found that I can purchase most things I need locally — either in local grocery stores, markets and malls or atContinue reading “Things You Can’t Buy 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”

Spanish Friday: ¡Nuestras Cosas Llegaron!

Today is Spanish Friday: Blog post in Spanish; English translation below.¡Nuestro HHE (las cosas para la casa) llegó ayer! Estamos muy contentos. ¡Y cansados! Pasé todo el día ayer desempacando. Kail me ayudó, pero tuvo que ir al trabajo por una parte del día.Nuestros propios cabecera, colchón, almohadas, frazadas y sabanas.

Spanish Friday: El Día de Mudarse

Today is Spanish Friday: Blog post in Spanish; English translation below.Hoy es el día de mudarse. Nuestro servicio de mudanzas va a llegar esta mañana. Los empleados van a empacar nuestros muebles y todas nuestras cosas para El Salvador o el almacenamiento. Alguien tomará nuestro carro también.