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Sarah and Nick. We leave Manila in July of 2011 for a visit back to the states over the summer.In September we report to Washington, D.C. for Spanish language training before heading to Lima, Peru April 2012.
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  • The Diplomatic Community Steps Up Once Again 1 week ago It was about this time last month that I found myself in a bit of a conundrum.  We were in the process of setting our new apartment up and it was very obvious that there was no room for my beloved custom-designed chaise lounge from the Philippines.  I was heartbroken. I resigned myself to the...
  • Foreign Service Institute Courses: From Student to Teacher 2 weeks ago An Overview of Foreign Service Institute Courses The Foreign Service Institute is a sprawling complex located in Arlington, VA where Diplomats go to school.  It is here that they may enroll in over 600 different Foreign Service Institute courses in leadership, job-specific training, area studies...
  • We're Freecyclin' Baby! 4 weeks ago Okay, I have to share a delightful little thing I’ve stumbled upon.  It’s called FreeCycle and it’s basically a place where you can give or get things for FREE.  You simply go to the FreeCycle website to find a group near you (there are over 5,100 groups in the US, by the way).  Then just...
  • Realities of Foreign Service Life: My 2 cents for the Newcomers 2 months ago Hey all – Perhaps you’ve noticed I haven’t been writing much.  Well, it hasn’t been for lack of interest, it’s just that I prefer to jump into the deep end quickly when arriving in a new place, as I’ve found that it makes me feel more connected and settled. So, in no particular order,...
  • Progress! 3 months ago After a couple of frustrating weeks filled with ups and downs, I am pleased to report that we’re finally starting to gain some traction here in DC. Of particular note: We signed a lease in Crystal City (in Virginia) and move in during mid-to-late July. Grandma Janet is coming out for 3 days of... Expat Blog Awards 2012: Peru Silver Award!

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Website Reviews » There are 2 reviews on Novakistan

23:40 PM November 21, 2012

Love this blog! Always fun insight into the live and times of a family finding their way around new countries and cultures while holding onto what matters, family and friends from Minnesota all the way to Peru and in between.

Joyce Novak
16:02 PM November 24, 2012

I recommend this blog for the Gold. As a former FS employee who never had blogs or cell phones or skype this is the best way in the world to keep track on what is going on in the country they are living in. It's fun to read and know it takes her hours to put these things on Facebook. And an excellent way to keep us in touch with our granddaughter.

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