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