One of the most amazing elements of Foreign Service life–and there are many–is the people you meet along your way. These are folks you’d never encounter on a normal life trajectory. Folks with whom you’d never be friends, even if some weird twist of Fate threw you together. Not because you didn’t like them, but because of the brutally convenient way we often have of aligning our friendships along basic divisions of background, perspective, and interest.
But overseas, all Foreign Service members have one instant commonality: we’re all ex-pat Americans. This results in an instant camaraderie uniting you in a fundamental way. (Maybe it’s just a deeply engrained love for barbeque and fireworks on a certain day in early July, but it feels more substantial than that.) Continue reading “Limoncello & Enlightenment”