Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Only in the Foreign Service

When I was in elementary school, we went on day-long field trips to museums, or cool places like the La Brea Tar Pits.

Foreign Service kids take it one step further, which is why Aidan left this morning for an overnight field trip to do some science exploration in southern Jordan.

This being the middle east, nothing is routine. There have been riots over the past week in the southern city of Ma'an. Police have been shot; protestors have been arrested.

The school bus is supposed to drive through Ma'an to reach the camp.

Late yesterday we received word from the school principal that, after consulting with the police and the Embassy's Regional Security Office, a decision was made to move forward with the field trip, but to take an out-of-the-way detour to reach the camp.

Me, I'm glad they didn't cancel. You see, Bart was supposed to come home today for his final R&R, but he called late last night to let us know that he can't get out. The kids were beyond bummed, but I got them all focused on Aidan's trip instead.

Aidan will be back tomorrow night, telling tales of scaling boulders and roasting s'mores and counting stars.

Bart will be back eventually, too. We just don't know when.

All decked out for the desert sand.
Gonna miss this little guy....

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