Author Archives: TravelGal

Settling in phase

I can finally say I’m feeling settled here in Dakar, Senegal. All of my stuff arrived, including my consumables. So I have most of the creature comforts of home. Granted, running water sometimes disappears, and some mornings mid-shower my electricity … Continue reading

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Senegal, na nga def!

Well, I’ve been in Senegal for about a month now. I haven’t been able to post previously because I didn’t have good wifi until now. I’m getting settled in, I have my computer actually set up, and my apartment is … Continue reading

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À La Prochaine

After a frantic rearranging of my test date due to the day of morning for President George Bush, I managed to eke out a 3/3 on my final French exam. Apparently this means I have “Professional Working Proficiency.” For the … Continue reading

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Round Two, sneaking up on me

I realized this week that I have less than 2 months until departure. I swung into action, attempting to begin the stressful task of moving me and my household (i.e. two cats) across the ocean again. I feel a little … Continue reading

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Tenured!!

Late one night last week, I received a Facebook notification from my A-100 group. One of my colleagues was congratulating folks who were tenured.  As I didn’t have access to my work email to view the cable and results of … Continue reading

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Holey Attack Remembrance

Today marks the 2 year anniversary of the Holey Bakery Terrorist attack in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Holey Bakery was a restaurant  that I, and nearly all the expats in Dhaka, visited frequently. It was a routine for the consular officers in … Continue reading

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Je parle un peu français

I left Dhaka, Bangladesh the beginning of April after a flurry of goodbye parties and packing. I’m now back at one of my favorite places, the Foreign Service Institute, learning French. I will have to obtain a level 3/3 to … Continue reading

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