One Year Later

One year ago today, I started my career as a Foreign Service Officer.  Five weeks of PowerPoint briefs, hours pouring over a bid list, and one crazy, stressful, shocking afternoon later, and we knew we were heading to Malabo for our first tour.  After three more long months of training (which is nothing compared to my friends who had to learn languages, I know!), we packed our bags and finally got on a plane.  I can still remember the moment of panic when Bioko Island came into view from my window seat.  What in the heck have we gotten ourselves into?!  Here’s a short list of my favorite things we’ve gotten into thus far:

Sharing the adventure with our families

Sharing the adventure with our families

A dog who may believe that he is a parrot

A dog who may believe that he is a parrot

Learning to make everything from scratch (the buns, black bean burgers, buffalo bites,and ranch dressing)

Learning to make everything from scratch (the buns, black bean burgers, buffalo bites,and ranch dressing)

The best kitchen window view

The best kitchen window view

Beautiful sunsets

Beautiful sunsets

Eating fresh vegetables

Eating fresh vegetables

Gardening

Gardening

Snorkeling on the weekends in clear, warm water

Snorkeling on the weekends in clear, warm water

Gearing up for second tour bidding

Second tour bidding

 

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