September 29, 2005

The Final Cut

Our bid list is due tomorrow. Here is the final list. Hopefully we'll know where we are going on October 14.

10-11. WARSAW
12. RIGA
13. ROME
14-15. CAIRO

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August 10, 2005

The List

Our list has changed quite a bit over the last week or so. This is what we are looking at these days :


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August 01, 2005

First Draft

I'm sure this will keep changing, but after a few days of scrutinizing all of our choices this is how the list of 20 is looking.

1. Bangkok, Thailand
2. Bangkok, Thailand
3. Kathmandu, Nepal
4. Beijing, China
5. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
6. Athens, Greece
7. Cairo, Egypt
8. Cairo, Egypt
9. Istanbul, Turkey
10. Tunis, Tunisia
11. Prague, Czech Republic
12. Dushanbe, Tajikistan
13. Amman, Jordan
14. Yerevan, Armenia
15. Ankara, Turkey
16. Kiev, Ukraine
17. Muscat, Oman
18. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
19. Beirut, Lebanon
20. Jerusalem, Israel

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July 29, 2005

Where should we go next?

We just got our bid list today. We have to come up with a list of 20 places from a list of 466 positions. At first glance here are some of the places that look interesting to me.

Amman, Jordan
Athens, Greece
Bangkok, Thailand
Beijing, China
Cairo, Egypt
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Istanbul, Turkey
Kathmandu, Nepal
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Muscat, Oman
Prague, Czech Republic
Rome, Italy
Tunis, Tunisia
Yerevan, Armenia

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June 18, 2004

Our Apartment

Click on each picture for an enlargement.

Our Building, one apartment per floor
Front Entrance, left leads to master bedroom, straight to dining room/living room and to the right is the kitchen.
Front Entrance from the other direction
I love all the cabinets!
Door on left leads to next picture

Behind door washer/dryer, the room further back is for a live-in, which we won't have.

Dining Room
Living room (from the dining room)
Dining room view, it's hard to see because its so bright out but yes that's the Gulf.
Dining room view, you can even see the Golden Arches.
We have three of these long hallways, off to the right, where Sam is peeking out of our bedroom, leads to the main entrance and one to the left of the bathroom leads to the guest bedroom.
Guest Bedroom
Guest Bathroom
Entryway half-bath
Master bathroom
Master bedroom
Our gym (there is a huge plasma TV in the box waiting to be mounted on the wall)
Our pool
Roof view (same as from our dining room)
Roof view (same as from our dining room)
Roof view (other side of building)
On the roof
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March 22, 2004

Our new car

We bought a car this weekend. From everything we hear from people in Kuwait we will really need one. So, at almost 29 years old I finally own my very first car!


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March 19, 2004

A link to various sites about Kuwait

History, weather, tourism, this is the place to go to link up to info on various topics. You can even see pictures of what the money looks like.

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March 16, 2004

March 12, 2004

Leave date

Sam made our reservations yesterday and we will be off to Kuwait on June 14th. My last day of work is going to be March 26 and I'm looking very forward to 2 1/2 months off!

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February 24, 2004


Just a little update : It looks like we will be headed overseas in mid-June. We also decided to move to an unfurnished apartment in the same building to save a little money. We are planning to move on March 3. I'll send out an email with our new apartment number. Also, we won't be getting a landline so we are back to cells only.

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February 18, 2004

In case you are wondering where Kuwait is, these are helpful.



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February 17, 2004

We're going to Disneyworld!

Well I woke up this morning with a very strong feeling that we were going to go to Kuwait and found out at about 3:30 today that we are! We are very excited. We really wanted to be in the Arab world so we got our wish. We aren't sure exactly when we will be leaving but its looking like April or May. We'll be getting more specifics in the next couple of weeks.


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February 11, 2004

Narrowing down

Well, we just found out that Saudi Arabia will not be in our near future. Both positions were filled. So that means I already lost since I said Riyadh.

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February 05, 2004

Anyone interested in a little friendly competition?

If you have a feeling about where you think Sam and I are going to end up and feel like putting a little money on it let me know in the comments section.

I'll start the betting with $5 on Riyadh.

If you don't remember what our choices were you can view the top 25 list at

January 21, 2004

Into the hands of fate

Here is our final top 25 list by city, country and when we would leave to go overseas. Now all we have to do is wait until February 17 to find out where we are going.

1. Algiers, Algeria - October

2. Algiers, Algeria - September

3. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia - November

4. Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - October

5. Kuwait City, Kuwait - April

6. Yaounde, Cameroon - November

7. Lome, Togo - September

8. Djibouti, Djibouti - June

9. Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso - September

10. Niamey, Niger - August

11. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - May

12. Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam - September

13. Manila, Philippines - May

14. Athens, Greece

15. Warsaw, Poland

16. Seoul, South Korea - August

17. Seoul, South Korea - December

18. Pristina, Serbia - September

19. Pristina, Serbia - August

20. Minsk, Belarus - February ‘05

21. Dhaka, Bangladesh - August

22. Moscow, Russia - August

23. Ulannbaatar, Mongolia - June

24. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea - August

25. Maputo, Mozambique

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January 13, 2004

Where oh where will we be going...

Here is the list. We are probably looking at places in this kind of order :

1. Arab and/or Muslim countries
2. French Speaking Africa
3. South East Asia
4. After that it gets tougher, most likely we won't bid on anything in the Western Hemisphere.

Please feel free to offer any thoughts or suggestions.

Kabul, Afghanistan
Algiers, Algeria
Vienna , Austria
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Minsk, Belarus
Belize, Belize
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Yaounde, Cameroon
Santiago, Chile
Beijing, China
Bogota, Columbia
Kinshasa, Congo
San Jose, Costa Rica
Abidjan, Cote D'Ivoire
Havana, Cuba
Prague, Czech Republic
Djibouti, Djibouti
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Cairo, Egypt
San Salvador, El Salvador
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Frankfurt, Germany
Athens, Greece
Georgetown, Guyana
Port au Prince, Haiti
Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Kolkata, India
New Delhi, India
Tel Aviv, Israel
Guadalajara, Mexico
Hermosillo, Mexico
Mexico D.F., Mexico
Monterrey, Mexico
Tijuana, Mexico
Maputo, Mozambique
Managua, Nicaragua
Niamey, Niger
Abuja, Nigeria
Lagos, Nigeria
Islamabad, Pakistan
Peshawar, Pakistan
Panama City, Panama
Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Asuncion, Paraguay
Manila, Philippines
Warsaw, Poland
Moscow, Russia
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Pristina, Serbia
Seoul, South Korea
Lome, Togo
Caracas, Venezuela
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Harare, Zimbabwe

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January 12, 2004

Some pictures of the new place...

Kitchen, Dining Room, Living Room all in one

Our very first walk-in closet

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December 18, 2003

Important Dates

January 1
Sam and I will be driving down to DC for good.

January 2
I start work at the Peace Corps Recruiting Office in VA

January 10
We move into our corporate suite in Arlington, VA

January 12
Sam starts his training and we get the list of the 90 possible overseas postings


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November 07, 2003

How I am preparing for the next phase of life

It's hard to predict what may be in store for me once we move overseas so I decided to prepare for the worst-case scenerio - not being able to leave the house. So what will I do with all that down-time?

Hobby #1 Crocheting


Although it is likely that we will end up in a desert climate we are still in NY for now so I have started making Hat and Scarf sets. Below is my first attempt.


Also, being the wonderful wife that I am I'm making this scarf for my husband.


I can make blankets too!

(pictures of different blanket styles)

Hobby #2 Stained Glass
My ultimate goal is to learn how to make lamp shades. To learn technique though I'm working on the following project. I'm at the soldering stage which I must admit is a little scary.


Hobby #3 Harmonica
I haven't actually started this one yet but I'll get around to it.

I do hope to perfect all these skills over time and you can all expect that any gift you may get from me will be homemade. I'm not sure if I will actually fulfill them but you can make requests in the comments section and I'll let you know...
But keep in mind that I don't deliver so you'll have to come visit!

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November 06, 2003

FAQs about what the hell is going on in Denise’s life these days?

What the hell is going on?
A whole lot of changes are about to take place.

When are you moving?
We will be leaving Astoria on December 31.

Where will you be living?
For the months of January and February we will be living in a Corporate Suite in Arlington, VA, basically a one-bedroom furnished apartment. I am making a prediction that our dining room table will be glass with gold trim and there will definitely be pictures of flowers somewhere in the apartment.

What are the three most exciting things about living in a Corporate Suite?
1. We will have a washer and dryer INSIDE our apartment (for the last 3 years its been a laundromat and the 4 years prior to that was hand-washing)

2. We will have maid service once a week!

3. We don’t have to pay for it!!

How long will you be in DC?
We will be there at least 4 months and could be there up to a year depending how much language training is needed.

When will you know where you are going?
On the third day of training Sam will be given a list that has approximately 90 different positions on it. We will have to rank our top 25 choices. In week six we will find out where we are going, which means we should know around the end of February.

Where do you want to go?
Our preference is definitely the Arab/Muslim world. I would have to say personally my top choice is Tunisia, but because of that we will never end up going there.

What will you do in DC while Sam is in training?
I am hoping to transfer to the Peace Corps Office in Arlington, very close to where we will be living. That would make for a very easy transition and give me something to do while we wait to go overseas.

What are you going to do overseas?
I will have to wait and see where we get posted, but no matter what I will try to be the best wife I can be. If we are in a Peace Corps country I would love to try and get contract work with them. There are usually positions available for spouses, but it depends and they are usually low paying menial jobs (oh wait a sec, that’s exactly what I’m used to)

Further questions may be submitted at anytime through the comment section, when a question is asked by more than one person it will be added to this list.

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