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2.0 out of 5 stars Really Disappointing, December 22, 2003
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This review is from: Realities of Foreign Service Life (Paperback)
If you're a female spouse of a foreign service officer, have never traveled abroad, let alone to somewhere with anything less than first world ammenities, and are used to being surrounded at all times by friends and family, then THIS IS THE BOOK FOR YOU! Of the more than 35 anectodes of foreign service life, only perhaps five were written by men. I tired of the endless complaints of insects, heat, cold, limited work opportunities for spouses, broken house items, crazy driving, corrupt infrastructure,broken infrastructure, etc., etc., etc. Having lived, travelled, and owned property abroad, most of which in the Third World, I was really hoping to see some the of the brighter sides of this adventure. Where were the great relationships with locals and their families, the adventurous forays into the bush to see local flora and fauna, the interesting challenges of learning a new culture and language, the unique perspective that one gives to one's child by growing up in a foreign land, the fun, adventure, and excitement of...Going local? While some of the stories are insightful and somewhat telling, I found it somewhat misleading. I really expected that the authors would spend more time sharing the unique perspective of foreign service life as well as the common inconveniences that we often face right her in the USA. Is the common FSO family really this petty, displaced, and inexperienced? I'd hate to think that these are truly the "Realities of Foreign Service Life."
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Initial post: Jun 25, 2016 12:39:29 PM PDT
This is a true wakeup. Back in the 1950's through 70's when I was part of FS life in "hardship posts" most of us relished the unfamiliar cultures, the companionship of interesting people from many countries in the commercial and diplomatic circles and as many of the locals as their uncertain governments permitted. Adapting and learning and exploring were our delight. Apparently that is not the case. today.
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