Friday, August 27, 2010

We are going to Dhaka!!

Well, folks, it is official--we attended the infamous Flag Day today at the Foreign Service Institute. A fabulous ceremony if there ever was one--rarely has a place been packed with so much tension and neurotic laughter, while the Fledgling Diplomats and their enthusiastic spouses were awaiting to hear where they will be sent to serve.
Do you know where Dhaka is? It's in Bangladesh and that is precisely where we will be going next June so that the Diplomat can be a consular officer for the following two years. I cannot say anything about it yet because I don't know much about it. Do you?? I will, however, be studying Bengali soon. How ironic (if you look at my post from yesterday...). I suspect I need to equip myself with boots. I believe though, now that I am finally writing this "out loud" and the adrenalin from the day is subsiding, that I am getting quite excited. I will tell you all about Flag Day tomorrow--it's a neat event.

In another piece of great news, after a couple of interviews today, I got a temp job, which will hopefully keep me occupied before we go to "the Desh" as it is apparently very fashionable to call it these days.
Now, I am going to retire with a large martini after this major roller coaster of a day and contemplate life in SE Asia.

10 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I've been eager to hear. Hope it's a wonderful post for you- you sound happy! Was it a high?

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  2. Congratulations!! Here is a pick up line for Emil to learn: amaar tomar bhalo basi

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  3. Congratulations on your assignment! The amount of poverty you will witness makes Bangladesh tough. But I have heard (from serving in a nearby country recently) that the mission community in Dhaka is very cohesive and vibrant.

    In terms of hardship allowances, your husband will also find himself well positioned for bidding on his second tour. Enjoy your travels in the region - India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Thailand, perhaps Bhutan?

    There are a few different FSOs blogging from Dhaka:

    http://monestelfamily.blogspot.com/2010/07/kichori-day.html

    http://diplomatdoc.blogspot.com/2009/02/lauras-listening-walk-sounds-of-dhaka.html

    http://dhakastar.blogspot.com/

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  4. Fantastic! I can now practice my Bangla/Bengali with you all :) yay!

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  5. Congrats! Glad to read you guys are excited about the Dhaka. It should be very interesting. Best of luck with Bengali!

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  6. Congratulations! I'm excited to keep reading all about your adventures. By the by, your dress yesterday was fabulous!

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  7. Guess we will not be visiting you during your first assignment but mayb during the second if it's in Spain :)

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  8. Yay for you - and now to learn all about it!

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  9. Congrats! Dhaka can be an awesome post, especially for having things made (clothes, furniture, etc.)...Also hear they have a good commissary and you won't be lacking for much..

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