Wonders of life as a Foreign Service Family – Life at the New Post.

24 Jul

Greetings from Brasilia!


After several weeks of ‘transitional homes’ we safely made it to our permanent housing assignment. And why is it important to mention it is a ‘permanent house’? Maybe for the curious ones, with friends cruising thru the joys of the Foreign Service life, there’ll be a long explanation out there waiting to be spelled out. 😮 For now, it’s enough saying we’re glad we don’t have to move to a difference residence. We’re comfortable and settled down. At least, as comfortable as possible – kids have enrolled into a Summer camp program, and we’re getting to know new families, learning the ropes for the city…

What and where to find our immediate needs for the house (forgot to mention that, although we like our ‘new place’, it’s pretty bare, hence the need to go out and buy not only groceries, but trash cans, cleaning products… You name it!).

The illusion of two hands together reaching up to the sky creates the Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasilia
The illusion of two hands together reaching up to the sky creates the Metropolitan Cathedral of Brasilia

Despite all the usual initial difficulties, inherent to the nature of the move, we believe we’ll have a nice time here. That’s the ultimate hope. We now have cable TV and internet – a great milestone! Kids have already made friends with some other children who would likely be attending the same school. We’re trying to build our own niche, despite the smell of fresh coat of paint that greets us every time we come back to the house… 🙂

I believe we’ll be happy here – at least we’ll try… Right now, wearing my most-hopeful-foreign service-spouse hat… The only one I was able to fit on our suitcase… Yeap, the same suitcase I’ve been living out of, for the past 8 weeks… But, who’s counting, right? 🙂

Now, let me get back to checking on my 3 little ones – just heard some clapping, so, I’m assuming the movie outside-and-popcorn event just ended – will go hug my kids with the most thankful smile to the Summer Camp supervisors and organizers: they enabled this very busy mom to enjoy some quiet time (and a coffee!), while getting back on the blogosphere horse!

Ate mais!


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10 responses to “Wonders of life as a Foreign Service Family – Life at the New Post.

  1. Eduardo Mamcasz

    July 29, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Seja bem-vinda a Brasília. By


  2. Lucid Gypsy

    July 25, 2014 at 4:41 am

    I love your approach to your challenges, you are such a positive influence for your children.


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      July 25, 2014 at 8:02 am

      Ohh… Thank you so much for these words of support1 It is definitely not an easy task, and I’m aware of my/our family’s limitations… We try our best, my husband and I… and sometimes, no matter how hard we do it, things still don’t work out well… that’s life, right? Let’s see what the future will bring us! Take care, R.


  3. Melissa van Herksen

    July 24, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    good luck


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      July 24, 2014 at 7:10 pm


      Before anything else, congratulations and wishes for the happiest and most enjoyable time with the new baby… Long overdue email, but it will come your way… 🙂


  4. colonialist

    July 24, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    How did the altitude get to you at first? Any effects?


    • 3rdCultureChildren

      July 24, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      in La Paz? Pretty badly, actually 😮 it took me some three good months to adjust. But we loved our 2 years there…



    July 24, 2014 at 11:46 am

    What a wonderful place to live! I wish you joy and comfort in your new home.



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