when we bid on posts, both erik and i created "criteria" for ranking.
on paper, saigon/ho chi minh city meets all of our requirements.
every. single. one.
but paper is one thing.
day-to-day living is something entirely different.
so here we are - one month in.
in the foreign service, so many of the factors in your life are outside of your control and i am learning that living in (and enjoying) the moment are the keys to success in this new life of ours.
we are fortunate that we are living in an exciting, safe city in wonderful housing and that erik thoroughly enjoys his work and his colleagues. we are delighted with the food and the abundant sunshine. we have met some wonderful expats and begun to cultivate true friendships. our girls are happy, healthy and thriving.
are we far from family and friends? yes.
is the language a difficult one to learn? absolutely.
do i feel amazingly lucky to have been assigned to this post?
every. single. day.