Welcome! I’m Sarah and you have stumbled across a blog about life in the Foreign Service. My husband is a Foreign Service Officer. We’ve served in Tashkent, Uzbekistan; Belgrade, Serbia; Brussels, Belgium; and are now spending some time in the DC area.
Besides the two of us, our little family includes our daughter and Scarlett, our miniature poodle. We never thought we’d be poodle owners, but when we saw her we fell in love and we’ve been happy ever since. Of Ukrainian descent and born in Tashkent to ethnically Russian owners, she is quintessentially American. We were lucky enough to find her in Uzbekistan and she is now happily settled wherever it is we call home.
Why keep this blog?
When my then-boyfriend joined the Foreign Service and was assigned Tashkent as a first post, we decided to get married and I decided to write a blog to keep friends and family back home updated on our (mis)adventures. It took a while before I actually started this blog, but here it is now!
This means that the aim of keeping a blog has altered and now we would like to keep our friends in/from foreign lands updated as well. I also learned some important things during our first year of marriage, many of which are related to food. As it turns out, I can cook (who knew?!), and I actually enjoy cooking. We like cooking together. Living abroad does present unique challenges when it comes to working in the kitchen: unavailable or strange ingredients, unreliable appliances, and any number of other unknowns. I also tend to alter recipes and then forget what I did, so another reason I am writing this blog is so I can keep track of things.
Maintaining the unique lifestyle that is the Foreign Service is a challenge in and of itself, and I’ve found that reading about others in similar situations can help me see my own more clearly, and I think writing about things myself will only help more. So yes, this blog is here for some selfish reasons, too.
Leaving friends and family to go live in a place most people have never heard of a week after getting married (to each other, for the fourth time… it’s a long story) wasn’t easy but we’ve had a lot of fun and are looking forward to all that is to come.