Who Am I?

Selfie with Secession mirror.

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.

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, but 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? Well, it’s complicated.

This blog is mostly about travel, expat and Foreign Service stuff, with a few topics of personal interest thrown in here and there. You may notice I don’t identify myself too specifically on the blog.  It’s just easier that way.  I figure, if you know me, you’ve seen the link on Facebook, or you can work it out. If you don’t know me personally, then it really doesn’t matter who I am.

Recently, a couple of people have asked if they can quote me or link to me on their blogs.  Please feel free to do either with attribution to Kelly at Well, That Was Different. I wouldn’t put it out there if I didn’t want other people to read it. I just don’t use my (rather unique) last name because I happen to share it with my husband, The Diplomat. I am sure you understand.

And that’s my perspective, which is mine, and only mine, and not official in any way, and yadda, yadda, yadda….

Please enjoy!

9 thoughts on “Who Am I?”

  1. Hi there, just found your blog through the FS round-up. We are headed to Vienna next year as well!

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  2. Looking forward to hearing from you-bon voyage!

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  3. Love the blog! Thanks for linking mine on yours. Hope it helps you navigate the food in this town:)

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  4. mgedwards said:

    Thanks for connecting! I’m looking forward to keeping in touch and reading about your experiences in the FS. I’m a former FSO turned EFM and know all too well what you mean by “complicated.” My wife is still in; we’re posted in BKK. We’re trying to enjoy to best of the FS life with as few headaches as possible.

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  5. Kelly, I just found your blog and am myself a Foreign Service spouse. Your description about who you are basically spelled out how I feel about being a Foreign Service family. We’re just starting out — in our 3rd tour domestically (Charleston, SC, where I have family), and in the summer bid cycle right now to figure out the 4th tour. We have 2 young kids (2 and 7 months), and, like you, I spend the dead of night searching all sorts of house porn for that perfect “forever” home that I will be able to bring our kids back to in between overseas assignments. Oh, and I’m also an attorney who happens to love her career, so I’ve had wild, manic mood swings about the direction of my career in addition to feeling woefully underemployed (like I did when we were posted in Kuala Lumpur). Anyway, just wanted to let you know it’s comforting to find another kindred (and sometimes conflicted) diplo-spouse!

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  6. Kelly,

    I just read your About Me and your March 10 post to Millennials. I have the opportunity to join your ranks one day soon, but I am quite skeptical about the idea of “trailing”. I’ve got a cushy 20something city lifestyle, great job, etc. It’s a relief to see your voice among all of the spouse blogs which seem to be gung-ho. Looking forward to perusing your blog more!

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