top 13 of 2013: the end of language training

From September 2012 until April 2013, we were in language training at the Foreign Service Institute. We had a great time learning Serbian and actually enjoyed spending (just about) every minute of every day with each other, but to say we weren't happy when we tested and were officially done with language would be a... Continue Reading →

language training and what I have to remember

Right now, we're in the middle of learning Serbian for our upcoming post to Belgrade. I am absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to learn the language -- moving to a foreign country where I don't speak the language(s) and no one speaks English? Been there, done that, would prefer not to do it again.... Continue Reading →

the 12 of 2012

Apparently the thing to do is make a list of the top twelve highlights of 2012... well, picking just twelve is a little difficult. After some consultation, I have come up with my top twelve, although a few of them contain numerous things all rolled into one, and I think I am missing a number... Continue Reading →

aaaand we’re back

Greetings from the State Department ghetto (I didn't make that up: please see this Washington Post article from 2011 -- that being said, it is no misnomer): Oakwood Falls Church. There have been some nice updates since our last stay, two years ago, and we've enjoyed our first few days here. Scarlett is settling in pretty... Continue Reading →

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