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. I will be posting book reviews and travel reviews hopefully a few times a week. If you would like to see anything in particular done, please comment! Also, comment to share your stories and thoughts!

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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 […]

I apologize for missing Friday’s update. I had just returned from a three-day conference and was wiped! Then toured and cooked a big dinner Saturday, so just haven’t had time! I learned something serious about traveling – and possibility about life – while on this trip: don’t have expectations. Expectations – either high or low […]

book reviews

Though I finished the first three books in the series about three months ago, I just finished the 4th book in the series, The Heir, and figured it would be a good next book review for the blog. If you had told me I’d read a book quite like this one, I would have probably laughed […]

Pondicherry Beach

In honor of the slightly hipster town I visited with my India travel buddy this weekend (review will come Friday), I’ll do the other hipster town I visited with her: Pondicherry. Pondicherry, aka Puducherry or Pondy , was a French colony in India from 1674-1954. Didn’t know the French had a colony in India, didja? […]

I was going to do a “what’s in your suitcase” picture post, but, well, honestly this weekend isn’t typical. I’m only going on a 2.5-ish day trip down to Bangalore and I’m packing in such a way in case I buy things, which isn’t usually how I pack. Someday I’d like to do one of […]

book reviews

At this very moment, I just finished the 4th book (out of five) of a series near and dear to my heart: The Heralds of Valdemar “Collegium Chronicle” series. This isn’t going to be like the last book reviews I recently did, as I have four books to do (!) and that would take WAY […]

Sunrise over the Ganges

Varanasi is one of the holiest cities in Hinduism. It is where Hindus come to die or be cremated, to achieve a life with no more reincarnations. It is the holiest of the Seven Sacred Cities, and is also – supposedly – where Lord Buddha came after Nirvana to find disciples. It is also said to be […]

Maybe because I’ve re-started this with a focus on travel/reading, I’ve found a couple of good travel websites. I’m not going to review them, but I want to pass them along for my travel-hungry readers. 1. Afar, – the website is a bit cluttered for my taste, but they separate things by interest, hotel, experience, […]