I’m an American Foreign Service spouse. My husband and I are on our sixth assignment overseas together, in Vienna, Austria. Previously, we’ve been posted to Latin America, Africa, and Eastern Europe, and my husband has done one year-long “unaccompanied” tour. Our next post will be Warsaw, Poland.
I lived in suburban Washington, DC for seven years before we moved to Vienna. That has to be some kind of Foreign Service record, right? Not a coincidence. It reflects my mixed attitude toward expat life. It can be fun, but it can also be a lot of work. And it’s very stressful.
I’m not a super gung-ho diplomatic spouse. I like living overseas, but I like living at home, too. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. I love my downtown apartment, but I miss having a real garden. I love the travel–love it!–but I don’t like being so far from family. It’s definitely a trade-off as far as I am concerned.
And my relationship with the State Department? It’s, um, complicated?
This blog represents my perspective, which is mine, and only mine, and not official in any way. I am not an employee of the State Department and I am not an official representative of the U.S. government. As long as we are clear on that, if you would like to quote me or link to me, please feel free to do so.
Kelly Bembry Midura
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