Hello and welcome to my blog!
My name is Daniela and I am a Foreign Service Officer (FSO) with the U.S. Department of State, or in other words a U.S. Diplomat. My husband, Paul, is also a FSO, so we are what's called a tandem couple. We have two kids, Nia and Max, and two cats, Dodo and Tux. Join us on this amazing Foreign Service journey.
My husband's first post was Washington, D.C. - anticlimactic, I know, at least as far as Foreign Service posts go but it was a great opportunity for him. His second post was New Delhi. I joined the Foreign Service 5 months after we got to New Delhi. There was an open position in New Delhi and I had already taken ConGen (consular training) and Hindi, so I was able to fill it immediately, which was wonderful because we were able to serve together.
My current post is Addis Ababa, Ethopia. Getting posted together the second time around was quite tricky. My husband kept bidding and lobbying for a job in Addis for more than a year after I got my assignment. He didn't get one. Not in Addis anyhow, which sometimes happens with tandems. But he did get a job. In Washington, D.C. Fortunately, it is a job related to Africa, so after a lot of negotiations he was able to work out an arrangement, which allows him to telecommute from Addis, which means we get to keep the family together.
Tuk & Tam means Here & There in Bulgarian. I picked that name in honor of my family and my native Bulgaria. It was also the most popular name in the very unscientific voting process I used to come up with a name for the blog. If you don't like the name, blame my Facebook friends.
Why I blog?
- to keep family and friends updated on our trials and tribulations - life in the Foreign Service has its highs and lows and I will attempt to chronicle those here.
- because I get to be my own editor - and I can break those AP Styleguide rules all day long, if I want to. So liberating, ha?
- because it gives me an opportunity to vent - I am hoping that blogging will help me deal with the craziness or as fellow blogger Jill from The Perlman Update puts it "I write because it's cheaper than therapy."
After all Bulgarian is my native language. I did consider doing that for a while because my parents know very little English and didn't want to rob my biggest fans of the joy of reading my gems. But in the end I decided that English made more sense because my husband's family is substantially larger than mine and almost all of our friends know English. I will just have to keep my parents updated on what's going on with us via Skype, which they love anyway because they get to watch the kids' antics.
What to expect from this blog?
What to expect from this blog?
- I will probably be writing a few times a month. I don't see myself doing it daily but there may be a flurry of activity from time to time.
- I will more than likely subject you to digressions, parenthetical statements, and the occasional end-of-the-sentence preposition. 'Cause that's just how I roll. If that's not to your liking, this blog may not be for you. Don't say I didn't warn you.
- I will try to post pictures and the occasional video of what's happening to and around us.
- My "partners in crime," Paul, Nia and Max, will make frequent appearances and I will include their comments as we go along.
- I will need your comments to keep my sanity, so don't be shy.
- The views and opinions expressed on this blog are mine and not those of the Foreign Service/State Department.
Thank you for stopping by - enjoy!