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Friday, October 16, 2009

From Honduras To....


The wait is over. I finally know where I'm headed. It was #5 on my list of 20 and July 2010 I will call Muscat, Oman my new home. I've talked to so many people who have been there and/or lived there. They tell me the biggest hurdle to clear is the heat. For 5-6 months of the year, it's 110-130 during the day. Sometimes with 100% humidity. Oh heck, I can do anything for 2 years! I'm told the homes there are more like villas...big! And the coast has wonderful snorkeling and did I mention camel races???

Yes, it is just below Iran and Yemen but I have no plans of going there. I do hope to make it to several other places in that part of the world...like Egypt, Greece, Turkey, Italy, Bosnia and hopefully Paris. My job will be in the same section of the Embassy...the Regional Security Office. I'm so happy to not have to learn something totally new. My job here in Honduras has been extremely busy and I'm not expecting the same level of action in Muscat. I'm sure I'll stay busy!

So now I get down to the business of planning my home leave, a week or so to Kauai to see my son and his family and then to Washington DC for some training and perhaps some consultation days. It's too soon to really plan things. I'll find out just what courses are being offered in DC the first 2 weeks of July and hopefully get the blessing of my CDO to register for them. These last 7 months here will fly by and I'm a planner. Before I know it, I'll be on my way to Muscat, Oman...the Jewel of Arabia!

8 comments:

Yellow Flower said...

WOW! How exciting...and what a change in cultures! I hope you post pictures of the camels!! :-)

Debi said...

Have no fear! I'll definitely have lots of pictures to post here! Yes, culture change but as they say, change is good! The heat will be an adjustment but I'm sure I'll be fine. I've always wanted to visit Egypt and I do believe that that item on my Bucket List will be a reality next year!

Jane said...

You are quite an inspiration - such an adventurer! Water will be your best friend!

Debi said...

Jane, you're so right! Three years ago I was in healthcare management and I listened to my daughter's advice to apply for the Foreign Service. My only regret is that I didn't do this years ago. My life has become such an adventure and I love every minute of it. The heat will just be something else to write about!

Shannon said...

Congratulations! I have heard good things about Oman. We are STILL waiting to here where we are going next.

Tambopaxi said...

Congratulations, Debi, you've got good FS attitude, which will get you through there, no sweat (pardon the pun).

Debi said...

Thanks Tambo! A positive attitude and the desire to experience things that are totally foreign to me is what drives me. I can't wait!

Debi said...

Shannon, I now know what it's like to wait for the word on your next assignment. It's so nerve wracking! I hope you hear soon and it's one of your top picks!