Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bid list envy

I can't believe that 6 weeks from now I will be working on my bid list. I will have had a week of orientation, will have figured out my post priorities, and started ranking world locations high to low. The 159th has theirs now (and yes, this post is inspired by Maguire Wire's post that is all of, oh, 15 minutes old - blog stalker much?), and I'm dying to know what their list, and then mine, looks like. Is Beirut there? Damascus? Tunis? I'm trying not get get fixated on anywhere, knowing that I could very well be sent to Mexico, Russia, or Vietnam. But it's already killing me that I don't even know what the possibilities will be!

Just 6 more weeks....


  1. Hope all goes well for you. I'll be interested in learning more about your bidding strategy. I wonder if the pay differentials in ME posts will reflect the ongoing instability.

  2. Sarah, thanks so much for you blog! You've done a great job making it both interesting and informative!

    I recently passed the OA, and am waiting on my clearances. I also speak Arabic and it seems as if I am following in your footsteps, just 5 months behind:) I am actually at FSI now interning, and would love it if you had a chance to talk/give some advice.

    Thanks! -Aaron