I Started a Dot Journal

You might be thinking, WTF is a dot journal and why should I start one? Luckily, one of my favorite bloggers has already covered that: A bullet [aka dot] journal is good for: People who have a million little to-do lists floating around People who like pen and paper to-do lists People who are intoContinue reading “I Started a Dot Journal”

Spanish Friday: Las Diferencias Culturales en la Oficina

Today is Spanish Friday: Blog post in Spanish; English translation below.He estado trabajando por más que dos meses y he notado algunas diferencias culturales entre mi oficina aquí en El Salvador y mis trabajos anteriores. Primero, todo el mundo saluda todos los demás cada mañana y se despide de ellos cada tarde.

What Not to Do in an Emergency

A fallen tree during 2011’s Hurricane Irene in Washington, DC.It’s been strange watching the buildup to and aftermath of the “Frankenstorm” (i.e. Hurricane Sandy + Nor’easter) from San Salvador, where everyday is 80 degrees and sunny. Between CNN International, my Facebook feed and the rest of the internets, I was able to follow along andContinue reading “What Not to Do in an Emergency”

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”

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”

Travel Orders, Or Lack Thereof

So, I figured it was time to come clean about something. It’s minor, really. As you know, this blog is based on the fact that my husband is in the Foreign Service and that I’ll be traveling the world with him (I should say “trailing” him around the world). I’ve also shared that our firstContinue reading “Travel Orders, Or Lack Thereof”

Being Here Now

I almost titled this post, “Am I making a huge mistake?” But I didn’t want to alarm anyone (my husband) or be overdramatic.I am truly very excited about all these changes in our life. This wasn’t always the case, though. If I could trace the trajectory of my feelings about Foreign Service life, it wouldContinue reading “Being Here Now”