It's been only five days since we left Addis Ababa and landed in Washington, D.C. Five days in which I'm still getting over the jet lag, and five days going through the limited amount of clothing I brought over with me. And yet we've already done much to get settled into our new-yet-familiar home (while spending a large sum of money in the process) - the fridge is now well-stocked, and as I write this the girls are at Target, replenishing my daughter's paltry summer wardrobe. I've already completed two days of General Services training, and online learning will be taking up many of my waking hours for the next eight weeks or so. All things considered we've gotten off to a good start, with the hope everything continues to go well.
The flight from Ethiopia was long (17 hours in total), but uneventful with the exception of some brief turbulence. For this trip I splurged, paying for the upgrade to business class in order to make travel a little bit more comfortable for my long-suffering family. It isn't something I can do very often (and it helped considerably that my employer footed the economy-class portion of the fare), but it made a big difference in comfort, from snacking in the lounge at Bole Airport...:
This will be our life for the next year or so. GSO training will run up to Labor Day, after which the Mandarin course (which should be in-class, barring another outbreak of the coronavirus) will start. Amber will begin the 10th grade in late August, while my wife will wait for our car to eventually turn up so she can take advantage of the many Asian businesses in the region. I'm looking forward to releasing all that pent-up travel energy and explore more of the sights in the DMV and beyond. The past two years have had their ups and downs (mostly downs), but here's hoping the next twelve months will be comfortably uneventful.