Friday, September 14, 2012

About Foreign Service Life

The BBC article in the link above is about diplomatic life and some of its restrictions.  We're lucky in that we live in a low threat post, and our previous one was too.  Andreas post before that was not low threat - it was a war zone at the time - and the security was much, much higher.

The main danger to us here in Moldova is traffic accidents.  People drive rattletraps, violate almost every traffic law, and drive drunk or while talking on their cell phones.  Usually all at the same time.

US citizens living overseas are -always- targets.  We're stable, easy to find, and have routines.  We're more accessible here than in the US.  Diplomats are merely more high value targets.  

This is one reason diplomats get some of the benefits (but by no means all of them) that the military get.  

Just a little note to help you all understand life in the foreign service.


pamelaric said...

I have been thinking about you guys very much. Hope you continue to stay safe!

Meg Welch said...

Thank you. We are at a safe post, even if my mother thinks Moldova looks too close to the Middle East on the map. It helps that we blend in pretty well here - at least until we open our mouths and English comes out!