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We’re officially heading home.


Not right now, but soon. This week D received his travel orders, the official document that enables him to transfer from our current assignment in Nairobi to our next post in Chisinau. Travel orders don’t include specific dates – those D negotiated with his supervisors and Washington HR months ago. Instead, the document provides a list of allowance estimates and general dates. In our case, we’re supposed to depart Kenya in May and arrive in Moldova in July. However, the orders come with a caveat that travel within 30 days of either is authorized.

Because of the tight transfer window, which has to accommodate our home leave and D’s training, we are looking to fly home May 2. We’ll have three weeks that we hope to spend on the road before flying to DC for D’s sister’s wedding. We have yet to start planning our road trip; in fact, we haven’t even come to an agreement yet as to which West Coast city should be our starting point and whether we should take the north or south route East.

So we need your help: knowing that home leave is going to fly by fast, we want to make sure we can balance spending time with friends with visiting some national parks and other worthwhile destinations. If you live on the West Coast, or anywhere west of the Mississippi for that matter, please drop us a line so that we can better coordinate our plans. Or, if you’ve road-tripped across the United States and have some good tips on cool places to see and stay, please leave us a comment.

Photo credit: Milena

6 Comments Post a comment
  1. Marilyn Martin #

    If you’re in Chicago, I’d love to have a cup of coffee and a 5-minute update. :) Marilyn Martin, Access Living.

    January 18, 2013
    • We’re hoping for more than a 5 minute update, Marilyn. Chicago is definitely on our must-visit list and we’ll hopefully get to spend a few days there, during which we’ll be sure to stop by AL.

      January 20, 2013
  2. I would definitely suggest San Francisco as your starting off point! Northern California offers national parks and a melting pot of cultures (food is the best).

    January 24, 2013
    • D has family in SF so it’s definitely on our list. Thanks for the suggestion :)

      January 26, 2013
  3. Congrats on the Moldova posting! Should be cool… and no doubt a bit of whiplash coming back from Kenya.

    January 29, 2013
    • Thanks, looking forward to catching up in DC in between assignments. Hopefully you’ll be back over the summer?

      January 29, 2013

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