Happy 4th of July, everyone! Well, Happy 4th of July to the three of you who actually read this. 😉 I didn’t really do anything special for the holiday today, but the Consulate did have a big 4th of July party on Friday. Pretty much every U.S. embassy and consulate in the world has some sort of 4th of July party, though sometimes it’s actually held during another part of the year if weather conditions require it. While everyone in the consulate or embassy is not necessarily required to attend, it’s generally expected that U.S. staff attend unless there is a compelling reason. So, it’s work, but so far the two that I’ve been to have been mostly fun work. The party is a chance for us to invite various contacts, like members of the host government, businesses with whom we work, and so on, to the consulate to celebrate the 4th of July and I’ve gotten to meet a few people that I would otherwise not have much contact with, since I work in the consular section and not in the political or management section. So, it’s something different and fun. This year’s party turned out really nicely and I think that most everyone had a good time.
Still no news on the bid list. We were hoping that we might hear something on Friday of last week, but no luck. Hopefully, we’ll hear something back this week. The suspense is tough, especially since we don’t know when to expect the results. It would be nice if they could give us a day when we could expect to hear so that we can manage our expectations, but I suspect that they don’t know for sure when everything will be ready so they can’t tell us.
Anyhoo, that’s the news from here. Happy 4th of July!