Saturday, November 20, 2010

State Department Blog Roundup

As I've mentioned, I'm hosting the roundup this week. My theme idea is "To Travel, or Not to Travel (for Thanksgiving)...That is The Question." Sorry about the delay - although I think most people understand internet issues.

To answer my own question, our family doesn't travel for Thanksgiving much. John and I have lived away from home for many years already, and I don't think we've gone home for Thanksgiving. Christmas yes, but not Thanksgiving. Some of my friends here at post are going to travel to a beach for the weekend, we're going to a beach the next weekend. We're going to host a couple from the Peace Corps for Thanksgiving dinner and give them a bed for the night. Also my brother-in-law and his family will be in town. It should be a very traditional Thanksgiving.

To Travel:

Sadie at Sadie Abroad has traveled both times she's had Thanksgiving in the Foreign Service. One time she had a ton of fun surprising her family, but she didn't quite know if she could pull it off from her current post.

Not to Travel:

I was surprised to find out there's not very much Thanksgiving travel.

Ogles and Observations is taking her family and meeting the other six families at post in Racife for Thanksgiving packing into an apartment and looking forward to people, food, children, noise, laughter, and hopefully some football sounds will be piped in. 

Becky at Small Bits reminisces about Thanksgiving travel when she was a kid and talks about the craziness that was Thanksgiving before the Foreign Service. And now that they're in the Foreign Service she can relax on Thanksgiving, and they plan to stay in town...they plan to.

Shannon at Cyberbones says the question changes in the Foreign Service. It's not about whether or not to travel anymore. The question is, do I keep the kids in school now. 

Kolbi at A Daring Adventure isn't going to be traveling for Thanksgiving - but not because they can't! 


Kate at Pulling Stakes didn't mention travel in her post, but she did mention the sweetest thing her son is thankful for about her and her everyday traditions.

Linsey at Rambles and Ruminations is thankful for field trips with her favorite four year old. 

Other interesting topics:

Brandon at Sherwood Family Nonsense had the duty phone recently and got a call from a Diplomatic Family stuck at the airport. They weren't allowed in the country because they had diplomatic passports instead of tourist passports. Read their post for the whole cautionary tale.  

Many of you know about our good friend Jen at The Dinoia Family and what she's going through. This week she got some amazing news that she shared with us! Check out her entry from Wednesday the 17th titled 100% - you won't be disappointed.  

Alex at Travel Orders wanted us to know about their awesome hotel stays in Nice and wonder what everyone thinks about hotel loyalty programs. Also Abbey announced something else on the blog this week - you should definitely check it out!

Unfortunately I didn't get any submissions from Flag Day :( Congratulations to y'all though! Have fun reading all about your future home this weekend! 

Thanks for the submissions everyone! Next week Melissa at Just Us is going to be hosting with a theme of "I'm Thankful I've Learned..." Please sign up for the State Department Blog Roundup at the Roundup Calendar and also check out the amazing State Department Blogger Map, I promise this isn't a paid advertisement scheme from Kolbi, but she does so many great things!!


Linsey said...

Great job on the round-up, thanks.

Becky said...

Loved it! Thanks so much for doing it. I am sorry you had so many problems! Thanks again.