AMBFSO: An Unusual Training

Welcome! This site has a variety of information - mostly around travel, the Foreign Service, and books, all of which I love. Monday and Friday, I will post a travel review and/or tip. Wednesdays, I will post a book review. Please comment to share your stories!


A bit delayed, but it took me awhile to think of where I should review next. I have quite a few places in India I haven’t covered yet, but I wanted to do something warm and fun for those of you dreaming of nice weather stuck in the cold. (I wouldn’t know – Hyderabad is […]

book reviews

I was originally going to do this book review on another book I recently finished (yes, I’ve already read two books for the new year), but my stepsister sent me a trilogy for Christmas that looked really promising. And, indeed, I devoured the first book, “The False Prince” of the Ascendancy trilogy. Let me first […]


This review is going to cover two towns: Berchtesgaden and Rothenburg. I’m doing them both at the same time because I covered them at the same time and there isn’t much that each has to take up too much space, and we went there for one reason: Christmas in Germany! I think Christmas is the […]

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I did a LOT of reading in 2015 (partially because of knowing I wanted to do book reviews on my blog), and I’m proud. Here is my list – at the end, I’ll go through what I think were the highs and lows. My goal for 2015 was to read 50 books, which is nearly […]

book reviews

I’ve somehow kept up with my book reviews but not my travel reviews. Whoops! Lots of travel recently and no computer, so those will begin again on Friday. Anyway, on to the review! I’m not sure if people have figured out how I pick my books, but it’s usually one of two ways: Free and/or […]

book reviews

I binged on this series and I have some good things to say and some not-so-good things. But first… Plot (spoilers!):  Our story first starts in Chicago, where Kricket is hiding out and staying under the radar from the Department of Social Services until she turns 18, as she’s an orphan that’s run away from […]

book reviews

Phew. Well, now that vacation is over, I can get back to posting. I finished recently a book recommended by a friend called “Feed.” It isn’t my usual type of book (a bit more “real” than I like), but I’ve recommended to her so many books that I figured I should do the same and […]


Amritsar started out great and kind of ended difficult. It has it’s beautiful parts, and it’s not beautiful parts. I don’t know if this had to do with my mentality of being a little “India-d out” (I think a lot of expats/workers abroad experience this, unfortunately) or just the city itself, so do take what […]

book reviews

Apologies again for the slight delay. I finished this series last week while I was on my business trip, so I’ve known that I was going to write about it, but well…I think because I didn’t like it (!), I didn’t want to write about it. Sigh. It’s not that I didn’t like it, but…well, […]


We went all over Jordan: Petra, Wadi Rum, and Ma’In. We did not go to Amman. We decided a bit on a whim to go to Jordan. We knew we wanted to travel in February, but we didn’t have a place picked out yet. So, come end December, we decided on Jordan. Jake and I […]