the 14 of 2014: our next assignment

After the oh-so-crazy bidding process began, we were on pins and needles, wondering about our next assignment. To make matters more nerve-racking the State Department released a cable telling all bidders that, basically, this was the hardest bidding season to date.  What great news to get in the middle of your first time doing midlevel bidding... Continue Reading →

the 14 of 2014: tracing our slovak roots

During our trip to check out Christmas markets with Grant's step-brother, we decided to add Bratislava onto what was originally a trip to Budapest. As it turns out, Grant and I are both a quarter Slovak, and his great-aunt had sent us information about the Slovak side of his family, so we decided to see if we could... Continue Reading →

the 14 of 2014: my mom came

In the early summer, my mom finally came to visit! Overall, we've been really lucky with family visitors and have had nearly everyone come to see us in Belgrade (some people more than once!). It was great having all the other visitors, too, but I decided to pick just one to discuss in the 2014... Continue Reading →

the 14 of 2014: montenegro with a view

In the spring, when my mother-in-law was visiting, we took a number of trips, and one of them was to Montenegro. I had wanted to visit Montenegro ever since seeing the 2006 James Bond film, Casino Royale (even if no filming actually took place in Montenegro). Although Montenegro is quite close to Serbia, the roads are... Continue Reading →

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