Registering with the Embassy

Whether you are traveling abroad for business, pleasure, or an educational adventure, it’s worth your while to take a few minutes and register with the U.S. State Department’s “Smart Traveler Enrollment Program” or STEP. Essentially, the program lets the embassy responsible for the area(s) you will visit know that you are in-country. So, let’s say that there’s a terrible storm, political upheaval, or some type … Continue reading Registering with the Embassy

Currency Converters Are Wonderful

While traveling abroad, nothing drives me more crazy than not knowing how much things equal to in my home currency, US dollars. I’m one of those people who tries to understand exactly how much something is so that I can start to understand if things in the place I am visiting are generally more or less expensive than back at home. Some currencies, like the … Continue reading Currency Converters Are Wonderful

Cheers! Going to London?

With the craziness and anticipation surrounding the pending nuptials between Prince Harry and Ms. Markel, it made me think about my various trips to London. I’ll admit, it’s one of my favorite cities – it’s big, but livable – familiar, yet different – proper, but also laid back. This is also the time of year that many visitors make their way to the city from … Continue reading Cheers! Going to London?

What does the Embassy do anyways?

The movies make embassy life look, well, absolutely fabulous. Swanky receptions, political intrigue, and world changing decisions being made daily by glamorous diplomats. So, like most things in life, the movies and reality are quite different. Though embassy life does have more than its fair share of receptions, most diplomats bore of the same bulk-purchased wine and small talk that go along with these social … Continue reading What does the Embassy do anyways?

Will my hairdryer work there?

This is a question I often got while living outside the U.S. Friends and family would come to visit and one of their first questions was “Will my hairdryer work there? Will I burn it out?” Totally reasonable questions. Since the U.S. is on 110v current and, well, just about everywhere else in the world is on 220v current, items which require electricity and wired … Continue reading Will my hairdryer work there?