Archive for January, 2018

Thawing out

Sunday, January 14th, 2018
Washington Circle, on my way to work

Washington Circle, on my way to work

D.C. thawed out a bit this week, and even got up in the 60s on Friday! We’re supposed to be back in the teens tomorrow, so it is still winter!

 

 

Thomas, John, and Adrian

Thomas, John, and Adrian

John’s work friends Thomas and Adrian came over on Tuesday night – we cooked burgers and generally had a good time. They are such nice guys!

I had coffee this week with Mamie from Islamabad. She was a big supporter of the C’Attaches there, and I was happy to see her as she passed through town. She works with the Army Corps of Engineers on her way to help rehab a dam for a foreign partner. What a smart and nice woman.

John and I went to see one of his idols Friday night, Sam Harris. He was interviewing Andrew Sullivan and David Frum – interesting! We went out to dinner beforehand at a Brazilian steakhouse that we enjoyed.

Happy birthday this week to the best mother-in-law, Ginger! I hope you had a great day. Also this week would have been my father’s 94th birthday.

Flavia helping John with War College studying

Flavia helping John with War College studying

Happy New Year 2018!

Sunday, January 7th, 2018
Flavie enjoying the sun

Flavie enjoying the sun

John and I rang in the new year by staying out till dawn dancing – oh wait, no we didn’t! I had a 4:00 AM taxi call on New Year’s Day, so I’m sorry to say we were in bed early and did not paint the town red, haha! Our friend Brian was in town from Guayaquil, and he came over to visit in the afternoon – I loved getting to catch up with him – what a nice guy!

I headed off to Belmopan, Belize, on New Year’s Day. The airports were easy to navigate, thank goodness, and my flights were without incident. I arrived in Belize City, and the host from my B&B drove me the 1.5 hours from the airport to the capital, Belmopan. Belmopan is under-developed, to say the least. There is one (count ‘em, one) traffic light in the town, no hotels, and no grocery stores to speak of. I stayed at a very unassuming B&B where you very much felt like you were a welcomed guest in someone’s home. I walked to the Embassy each morning, and enjoyed working with the staff there.

Laundry, Belize

Laundry, Belize

Police station, Belize

Police station, Belize

Belmopan - coconuts and restroom

Belmopan – coconuts and restroom

My A-100 classmate Paul and his husband Bruno had me over for dinner on Wednesday night. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and Paul was generous with his fabulous South African wine he served (he was previously posted there) – and Bruno cooked a wonderful meal.

Thursday night, the consular chief Yomaris took me to dinner at a nice outdoor restaurant with a lovely view of the city. She is just a doll, and I loved working with her all week.

I got home a little after midnight on Friday night. Saturday evening John and I met Christie (our friend from Hendrix) for dinner at our favorite restaurant, RT’s in Alexandria. From there, John and I went to a poker party at Marcus and Simone’s house where I discovered that I like to play poker! Happy birthday, Marcus! I especially enjoyed visiting with Sarah and Aaron, too – as always!

This evening we went to dinner in Georgetown with our good friend Jimmi at a little Mexican restaurant. I always enjoy visiting with her and hearing about her latest adventures!

Click to see all of my photos from Belize.