Great American Western Road Trip: Summer 2018

4 weeks, 3 kids, 1 van, 16 different lodgings, 5400+ miles, 12+ National or State Parks and Monuments adds up to 1 Epic Adventure.

American Southwest Family Vacation 2017

We followed historic Route 66 on our way to see the Grand Canyon, the Petrified Forest, the Painted Desert, plus much more in New Mexico and Arizona.

End of Tour Summary: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Here are our stories from two and a half years of living in Saudi Arabia while exploring the region.

Excursions to Oman

On two different trips, we strolled Muscat, hiked Wadi Shab, and sailed a dhow through the fjords of Musandam.

Our Expedition to Jordan

Highlights included tracing the steps of Indiana Jones into Petra, following Lawrence of Arabia into Wadi Rum, and floating in the Dead Sea.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

What Happened to Bertie (Corinne's first blog post)

This is our older daughter's first blog post. She wrote this story about the death of our cat, Bertie, as part of a project and as a way to heal after his tragic death. He was poisoned and died a violent, messy death and she witnessed most of it. She shared it at her school with a teacher that was working with a group of students raising money for and awareness of the cat overpopulation problem in Cyprus. 
Bertie, our Arabian Mau, was poisoned on May 22

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What It Means to Love a Dog (and Cat) in the Foreign Service

Keeping pets in #FSLife is notoriously difficult. It's even more difficult when you lose them. We PCS'd to Cyprus in August 2017. Before the end of May 2018, we had lost all three pets (a dog and two cats) we had brought with us. Continue to the post for our story and (eventually) links to a profile of each pet-- including the best cat that ever lived.
Bertie (L) and Schnapps pictured on a piece of Embassy furniture we sent back to the warehouse.

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Great American Western Road Trip: Summer 2018

4 weeks,
3 kids,
1 van,
16 different lodgings,
5400+ miles,
12+ National or State Parks & Monuments...
1 Epic Adventure?

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Cooking with Gas - International Adapters

We have an American propane grill that we took with us to Saudi Arabia, only to discover that we couldn't find a suitable attachment to fit the local gas bottles to our grill. When we moved to Cyprus and could get the smaller canisters (and thus a different fitting), I found something that would work online.Well, it should have worked…

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

The 2018 Federal Shutdown for FSCEs

The 2018 U.S. government shutdown began at midnight EST on January 20, 2018 because a bill failed to pass the Senate 50–49 on January 19, 2018. That set off a chain of furlough-related questions about who is working and how are they getting paid? This unofficial post examines the specific case for the Foreign Service Construction Engineers (FSCEs) working in the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO).

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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Return to Adana

During my assignment to Washington, D.C. two tours ago, I had managed a project in Adana, Turkey. As it turns out, corporate knowledge is a valuable thing, so I was called to support a new project there that would benefit from my awareness of the existing conditions. There's just one problem:
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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Adventures in Monotony

The process of traveling can become mundane and monotonous, but it doesn't have to. To change things up, I picked this trip to write from the third-person perspective. From your own travels, you're probably familiar with most of the elements, like the departure, the journey, and the exchange of paperwork to get visas to travel. But have you ever viewed these events like a scene from a movie?
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Friday, November 24, 2017

Plaza Mayor Christmas Market

We had no firm plans for our time in Madrid, so we made our way to Plaza Mayor and the La Latina barrio to experience some of the local vibes.
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End Of Tour Summary: Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

We spent two and a half years in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on our second tour in the Foreign Service with the US Department of State. As you migh...

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