Saturday, June 11, 2016


June 2016 has really packed in the excitement.

The top line update is that HANNAH IS COMING TO LIVE IN BURUNDI!

Although we've bought her ticket for her to arrive in three weeks, I'm still cautiously optimistic rather than just optimistic, because we had already gotten to this stage in Hannah's move last December when everything went to pieces and the second evacuation happened.

You'd think that would be exciting news enough, but we've also been given our next Foreign Service assignment: Barcelona, Spain starting in October 2017.

Oh yes, you will be visiting us, if at a minimum because of this difference:

Burundi Travel WarningSpain Travel Warning
The U.S. Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens against all travel to Burundi.

Hannah and I are very excited to spend the next year here in Burundi and I am especially enthusiastic about showing her everything there is to see about this beautiful country. Returning to Spain will be cool too, but we'll have plenty of time for that batch of excitement next year.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Fourth of July! (Give or Take a Month)

U.S. Embassy Bujumbura celebrated the 240th birthday of the United States of America a little early this year, and it was a ton of fun!

After a big tent was thrown up in front of the embassy, the decoration committee and I decked it out in red, white and blue!

The guests entered the party on a red carpet and were received by the senior officials of the embassy as they arrived.

The opening ceremonies involved a presentation of the American flag by the marine color guard, renditions of the U.S. and Burundian national anthems (our local staff choir performed the Burundian anthem!) and speeches by the Ambassador and the Foreign Minister of Burundi.

The guests mingled, snacked on hors d'oeuvres, quaffed wine, beer and sodas, and danced  to the tunes of a live band.

Happy birthday, oh country of mine.