I am a traveler. I am a single mom. I am a Foreign Service Officer.
That’s the gist, but not the whole, of it. I studied in China, taught English in South Korea, volunteered and studied in the Philippines, taught English three years in western Japan, and managed to receive two MA degrees, one from the US and one from Singapore. I was a recovering solo backpacking traveler with over sixty countries visited when I starting working for the federal government in 2006.
In May 2011 I accepted a spot to join the Foreign Service, and a month later I learned I was pregnant. My first tour with the Foreign Service was in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico as a Consular Officer. Unfortunately, my blog began only at the tail end of that tour. I served my second tour, also as a Consular Officer, Shanghai, China. I spent my third and fourth! (yep, two consecutive tours) as a Political Officer in Lilongwe, Malawi. My fifth tour will be in Conakry, Guinea.
I am still very much smitten with the travel bug and this will be the repository of my musings on life abroad and as a foreign service officer, traveling with my daughter, past journeys, and life in general.
Over 100 countries and counting.
No journey to, during, or after the Foreign Service is the same. This is my journey. Therefore, these are my musings alone and do not represent those of the Department of State or the U.S. government.