Monthly Archives: June 2015

In Deutschland!

As the title says, I’m in Germany!  After a hectic couple of weeks after passing my German test, I arrived in Frankfurt on Tuesday.  After the German test, I had a week of leadership training, then a week for packout and other administrative stuff that one has to take care of before one leaves for post, like getting the Diplocat’s paperwork in order, shipping my car, etc.  Fortunately, everything went fairly smoothly.  There was a small hiccough with my apartment complex, but fortunately it got resolved fairly quickly and painlessly.  🙂

Then, I left DC on Monday and flew to Frankfurt.  Fortunately, things went smoothly with the flight, which was the Diplocat’s first flight.  She did pretty well, and only meowed some during the last half of the flight.  I had ordered some supplies for her ahead of time and my boss brought them to the hotel we’re staying in temporarily until my apartment is ready in a couple of weeks.

My boss (who is also a fellow Texpat!) and other colleagues seem really great.  When we bid on jobs, we may or may not know much about our future colleagues, depending on when they rotate, so it’s a bit of a guessing game.  But, I seem to have lucked out here and have pretty great colleagues. 🙂

This week was mostly about getting checked in, getting accounts set up, getting the HR processes started to get my permit to stay here for my whole tour, and things like that.  My air freight shipment is already here and can be delivered to my apartment the day I move in, and the rest of my stuff and car should be here by the end of July, which is great news.  Next week, things will move more toward my normal job duties as we prepare for a few events that are coming up in the next few weeks.

I’m slowly getting over the jet lag.  Wednesday and Thursday were rough, but today was a bit better and hopefully, it’ll get even better over the weekend.

So, it’s been a busy few weeks, but I made it to post and things seem to be off to a good start here in Frankfurt.  I hope all is well in the blogosphere. 🙂

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Erfolg!

So, my German test was on Wednesday at high noon (cue tumblweed rolling down the hall at FSI).  Despite being nervous as heck, because hey, if I don’t pass, then I don’t get to post on time, which inconveniences my future coworkers and no one wants to be *that person* who gets to post late, I passed the test.  Woot!  Rational me knew I was well prepared and based on how others had performed on the test, I felt good, but terrified me was sure that I was going to get in there and accidentally try to refuse some visas in Spanish or something.  But, all’s well that ends well.  🙂

So, now I have one more course at FSI, then packout, admin stuff, and then flying on to Frankfurt in just a few weeks!  So. Much. To. Do.  But, also so exciting!  Almost six years in to my career in the Foreign Service, I finally get to get on a plane.  😉

Hope all is well in the blogosphere.  I’ll be over here trying to sort stuff in to UAB, HHE, and suitcases until the movers come. 🙂

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