Marine Ball 2012


At the Marine Ball










Last night was the Marine Ball to celebrate the founding of the Marines – it’s a tradition at embassies all over the world. There is a nice ceremony with the presentation of the colors, cutting of the cake with the sword, the Ambassador speaks and there is a keynote speaker (this year an entertaining Army general). Mostly it’s fun to see everyone all dressed up! The Marines set up a huge tent in our quad, complete with oriental rugs and dance floor. We had a lot of fun! Here’s a photo of me with three of the NIV officers I work with – aren’t they handsome?

Antonio, Philip and Brandon










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Last Monday was the last day of the Eid celebration. John and I got a lot done around the house, moving furniture, decluttering, unpacking, etc. The house is looking great and feels very comfortable.

I hosted the Consular section heads and senior local staff last Friday for a day-long offsite meeting. We had a long agenda of items to discuss, and it was so nice to be away from the hustle and bustle of the office so we could concentrate and brainstorm.

Our A-100 classmate Joe arrived at Post this week, so we had him over for dinner Friday night. It’s fun to see familiar faces here! We now have five of us from our class. Here’s our photo from the Ball last night.

With our A-100 classmates at the Marine Ball








Our new ambassador arrived this week, and he held a town hall meeting to greet everyone. It will be interesting to see how or if the personality of the Embassy changes with his arrival.


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