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July 2017

Departure of state

 

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My new neighborhood


No, I didn't leave the Department of State, but I did leave Virginia for my next assignment overseas.  I've arrived in Quito, Ecuador and started the next chapter in my life.  Adapting to change is a prerequisite for working in the Foreign Service.  The last time I left the country, all I had to contend with was packing up an apartment and getting on a plane.  This time, I had to sort through a full house, prepare the property to be a rental and arrange travel for my faithful companion Lucia.

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"For the record, I was not consulted on this."

I've been in Quito for two weeks now and I'm getting use to my surroundings. My apartment is in a beautiful neighborhood and overlooks an amazing vista.  There's a postage stamp-sized park just outside my apartment building and another larger park for dogs just a few blocks away.  This park is Parque Lomas de MonteserrĂ­n.  Lucia adjusted quickly as the newest diplomat to the park, she's always ready to go off leash and play with her new acquaintances.  

As I mentioned, the view from my balcony overlooks the valley and on a clear day you can see several volcanos. From my patio I believe my view is of Cotopaxi, Antisana and Cayambe.  I'll add more photos once i have clearer pics.

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My patio view

That's all for now.  I'll be posting more in the future now that I'm back online.