A New Ambassador? Part 2

November 22nd, 2006
Categories: Ex-Pat Life

We used to be invited aboard most of the ships that stopped here for R&R, giving their crew some fun in the sun that wasn't shining on an unfriendly country in the Persian Gulf. Since 9/11, however, shipboard parties have been few and far between, unfortunately. Fully understanding the importance of heightened security, we've not complained, but were very happy to hear that we were to once again be welcomed aboard. Imagine my chagrin when I learned that ONLY US citizens were invited, meaning that my husband, and virtually every other spouse of an American in Seychelles, was basically chopped liver. Apparently, however, the powers that be down in Port Louis caught on to the fact that the only Americans Mr. New Guy would be meeting would be those he already knows… [more]

A New Ambassador?

November 22nd, 2006
Categories: Ex-Pat Life

Life as an American ex-pat can leave one feeling more than a bit out of the loop, and under-appreciated by good old Uncle Sam. I understand that many will think those of us who've opted out of life on American soil don't deserve much in the way of yankee perks, but we are entitled to certain things, most of which many of us never bother asking for. One thing citizens abroad count on, however, is an embassy to process paperwork ... passport renewals and stuff like that. Unfortunately, the embassy in Seychelles closed shortly after I moved here. (I was assured at the time that it was a State Department cost-cutting measure, not a personal affront, but I haven't really recovered.) Seychelles was incorporated into the embassy in Mauritius, but opened… [more]