So if I go to Haiti next month I'll have been to every continent between July and November. I guess I am back to pre-Z travel intensity.
I wish I flew JetBlue more often. The very few times I've taken them it's always been a pleasant experience. Thankfully I was able to navigate JFK without any problems, and the South African Airways flight was not too crowded, though (disappointingly) the entertainment was very limited. Good thing I had my overstocked iPad with me. I also managed to get in some sleep. A group from an African-American church was on board and the flight crew made a special announcement to them when we landed: "Welcome to Mother Africa." They clapped and cheered wildly in response.
I was part of the team that accompanied the Ambassador to open a school dorm for girls. The day felt like one of those memes of "what people think I do/what I actually do." So people think I spend most of time at events like this one, though it happens too rarely, and with all my travel I spend most of my time in an office or conference room.
True, that. I had a colleague who dropped out of the service because his first post was Kenya instead of Dusseldorf. He ended up working for the FBI, hated it, and posted just a while ago about whether he should try to re-join as an AID FSO. I think I literally said "I'm sorry, are you on crack?" Not so much with the USAID in Germany, buckaroo.