Big news in the Collett household: We received our bid list. First and second tour employees in the Foreign Service are known as entry level. Generally, you gain tenure during your second tour, or you have a chance to gain it during your third tour if you didn't tenure in your second. (After a third, I assume you get kicked out if you haven't tenured by then.) Before you tenure, bidding for your next post is controlled by the powers-that-be in Washington DC.
Thus, on Tuesday, Jeffrey logged into the system and found a list of twelve cities all over the world. We have a month to learn as much as we can about those twelve cities. Then we submit a bid summary to DC complete with our ranking of preference and our rationality behind our rankings.
The powers-that-be in DC want their Foreign Service diplomats to be happy, so they try their very best to put us all where we want to be. But obviously if six of us all choose the same place as number one, then that's impossible. So we rank the whole list and hope for the best!
Drum roll, please . . .
When I sent this list to my family, my brother responded: "Mexico is just America with a sombrero compared to those places."Amen to that.
The heart is where our parents are: Cincinnati and Detroit.
The sombrero is Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where we are currently living. We are slotted to leave here during December 2016. We have one more year to enjoy Juarez!
The stars are our options for 2017 and 2018.
- Paramaribo, Suriname
- Libreville, Gabon
- Yaoundé, Cameroon
- Kampala, Uganda
- Nicosia, Cyprus
- Kuwait City, Kuwait
- Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
- Manama, Bahrain
- Dushanbe, Tajikistan
- Kathmandu, Nepal
- Chengdu, China
- Beijing, China
So, what do you think, friends? Have any of you been to any of those places or know anyone from those places or have any advice to weigh in our decision making?