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    And speaking of ... someday I'd love to hear more about your history of service.  You've dropped a few oblique hints (e.g.: your luggage being included in the diplomatic pouch) but only enough to make me even more curious.  I'm sure you can't tell all of it for reasons of preserving your anonymity, but I must say ... I'm very curious. :)

    Thank you for the kind words! ::huggggggggs::

    •  It wasn't in the diplomatic pouch--it was our (1+ / 0-)
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      air freight. You don't have to pay any kind of customs duties when you're shipping your household effects as part of your official government relocation. The problem we had was that our shippers misread the "Cairo" tag for "Kiev," and sent it there. And while we were accredited diplomats in Egypt, we weren't in Ukraine. So our computer and whatnot were seized while everyone fought over who, if anyone, should pay the Ukrainian customs folks.  

      I miss the State Department quite a lot, but life in Georgia's fun, too. It took some mental adjustment to get used to life here, and I still have glitches. I remember when we first told people at a party that we were moving to Augusta, somebody asked what the capital of Georgia was. I answered without thinking, "Tbilisi." The blank look I got in response caused me confusion for a bit, which only cleared when the questioner added, "Oh. Um... I just wasn't sure whether it was Atlanta." Oops.  

      •  Now I'm even *more* curious. (0+ / 0-)

        The range of experiences here in the Kula Krew is truly astonishing!

        As for the Ukranian government wanting you to pay customs duties, eeek ... that had to be frustrating.  In the "Why should we have to pay customs because the shippers mistakenly sent our stuff to the wrong country?!?!?" category.

        And so far as I know, the capital of Georgia - the state and the country - is Onmymind....

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