Back when dinosaurs roamed the earth, we were posted to Prague. I had a sort of proto-blog back then, which I had backed up on a hard drive that subsequently fried itself. For years, I thought those journal entries were lost for good, but I just found them using the Wayback Machine!
Things I learned while reading through my old journal.
I have never, ever liked winter. In fact, I showed pretty clear signs of winter blues our first winter in Prague. And Eastern Europe was a tough adjustment for me. But we had many weird and wonderful experiences there. My memories of other, much more difficult posts were also clearly fresher back then.
I was always pretty skeptical about Hapsburg bling. In fact, I displayed some rather socialist tendencies when confronted with it for the first time, which have not entirely faded since.
9/11 was a transformative experience for the Foreign Service as well as in the larger expatriate community. Nothing has ever really been the same since. Even reading my own post on the subject was a bit difficult. Still, it was nice to remember the days when people still liked us.
What a long, strange trip it has been!