Of all places in Pakistan, Lahore is the safest. The timing is perfect as I race toward my June 30, 2014 retirement date, and the current OMS there said she likes it so much she is extending for another year. That spoke volumes to me and helped me make the decision to pursue the position there, which is, once again, in security.
I am now in the process of completing the mountain of paperwork, making decisions about everything and trying to figure out just what I will take with me. I won't take anything with me that I wouldn't be OK with walking away from should there be an ordered departure (evacuation). Just what will I miss the most? Probably all the GORGEOUS silk carpets I've bought here in Oman! Oh well...2 years flies by so quickly, I'll be reunited with them before I know it.
Life is, indeed, an adventure. Mine continues and hopefully, I will have some very interesting stories to tell about my time in Pakistan. The tour is for 1 year but I intend to request it to be 2 years. That way I don't have to worry about finding a 1 year assignment in June 2013. I have had such a wonderful time in Oman, it will be hard to leave. This is a gorgeous country and the people are wonderful. Right now, it's winter and the temperature is in the 70s, cooling off to the 60s at night.
Tonight I fly off to enjoy a week in Paris, France! I invited my daughter to meet me there but unfortunately, she can't. So me and my camera will just have to have fun by ourselves! I've been watching the weather reports and it's cold and there's a chance of snow tomorrow! It's been over 4 years since I experienced any cold weather, so I had to go find some cold weather shoes. I am now set! I can't wait...Christmas in the City of Lights!