Ok, ok, so there aren’t any rumors of my demise (that I know of) but I obviously haven’t posted here in more than two months. So, the 3 of you who read this thing might have been worried that I’d met my demise….or not.
In the last two months, I’ve been busy with getting settled in to life in Frankfurt, learning the ropes of the consulate and my job, and a couple of quick trips.
Frankfurt’s a great place to live and settling in has gone fairly smoothly. My HHE, UAB, and car and all arrived without any apparent damage. I say apparent, because I still haven’t fully unpacked my HHE, even though I’ve had it for more than a month now. But, I’m making progress. That counts for something, right? 😉 I’m through most of the hoops and paperwork for things like my diplomatic ID, car registration, internet set up, etc. There are couple of things I’m still waiting on, but most of the paperwork has at least been submitted.
Work has been busy. Even though the consulate here in Frankfurt has more than 1,000 people working in it, I’m working in combined Pol/Econ section that’s much smaller than any section I’ve worked in before. That has a number of advantages, in that I’m getting experience in a lot of new areas, but also means that the pace of work is generally a bit more hectic and I’m also having to learn a lot of new things. But, all in all, it’s going pretty well. My boss and coworkers are great, which can obviously make or break a tour.
I’ve managed to squeeze in a couple of trips, so far too. I’ve gone to Stuttgart for work, to Mainz and Wiesbaden with my aunt who was in town for work, to Belgium to visit one of my host families from when I was an exchange student, and I just got back from spending Labor Day weekend in Paris visiting a friend from Ottawa.
So, I’ve been busy with getting settled in and taking advantage of some of the travel opportunities around, now that State has finally let me get on a plane and go overseas, not just over rivers. 😉
Hope all is well in the blogosphere!