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So of course the big news…

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now that I’m done with orientation, is my first assignment. Next spring, I’ll pack up my Washingtonian life, make sure my suits are ironed, and head on out for two years in

Ankara, Turkey!

Yup, I just left Turkey in September and will be back after an eight-month stint Stateside to stock up on Target goodies and brush up on American culture. And of course to learn how to be a diplomat.

I’m pretty darn happy with my post; it was my top choice and will fulfill several of my entry-level requirements. I love living in Turkey, and moving back to Ankara will be a nice shift after the last few years in Istanbul. Plus, I already know the city pretty well — I still have friends in Ankara and I still have my restaurants, bars, clubs and activities. I won’t need to figure out yoga studios in my neighborhood, or stumble upon ARIT, or not find the football-watching group til halfway through my tenure, as I’ve got all those sorted. So from a logistical/infrastructure perspective, I’ll have a bit of a leg up. This may make my second posting more difficult of an adjustment, but I’m looking forward to that as well.

Until the move, I’ll be in training in DC, using my spare time to develop a to-be-determined hobby and stock up on small furniture items — my belongings don’t currently weigh enough for a full household effects shipment. I blame living the Istanbullu expat life.

Ankara, dönüm gelecek. Hazırlan!

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