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Two Crabs
Washington, DC
A wanderlust U.S. Foreign Service couple exploring the world, one country -- and one pub -- at a time!
Interests: Traveling, skiing, hiking, biking, camping, cooking, film, journalism, foreign relations
Recent Activity
More than 9 1/2 months ago, Mr. Crab began the long painful task known as mid-level bidding. To recap: a Foreign Service Officer's first two tours are "directed assignments", which is a nice way of saying you go wherever the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2015 at Two Crabs
It's been a while since my last post so I'll give a quick recap: In November we went on R&R to Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. In January, we went on a one-week trip to Hawaii with family. The... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2015 at Two Crabs
Back in September, I submitted my bids for my next assignment. My next tour will be my first mid-level tour as a tenured Foreign Service Officer. And with it comes a whole new world known as Mid-Level Bidding. For your... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2014 at Two Crabs
The 2014-2015 TV season has seen a slew of TV shows and movies featuring the Foreign Service. CBS has a hit with "Madam Secretary" starring Tea Leoni. Two more shows in the works include "Stanistan" about life at a US... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2014 at Two Crabs
The Two Crabs and a visiting friend from NY recently popped over to China for a few days. Beijing is less than two hours' flight from Seoul - perfect for a long weekend trip out of town. However, it takes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2014 at Two Crabs
I often half-joke that my job in ACS (American Citizen Services) would make an awesome reality TV show. ACS has it all: action, drama, romance, comedy, tragedy...and even the occasional science fiction storyline. Unfortunately, someone already stole my idea. But... Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2014 at Two Crabs
Full trip report coming soon. Unfortunately we have no Facebook or Twitter access in China. Having FB withdrawal! Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2014 at Two Crabs
Last weekend, The Two Crabs took a quick jaunt to Jeju for a bit of R&R. Located 50 miles south of the Korean peninsula, Jeju is often called "the Hawaii of Korea" - which is quite an exaggeration. Still, it... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2014 at Two Crabs
Over Labor Day weekend, the Two Crabs took a camping trip to Taeanhaean National Park (태안해안국립공원)- a gorgeous seaside park located in the west coast of South Korea on the Yellow Sea. This was the third Korea national park camping... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2014 at Two Crabs
Thanks Donna for reading. Good luck in your road to the FS! It's not just a job: it's a lifestyle!
Brian good luck in the OA! There are quite a few of us who are military vets in the Foreign Service. Hooah!
Toggle Commented Sep 8, 2014 on Our First Year in Korea at Two Crabs
After Flag Day and Swearing-In Day, the next most memorable day in a Foreign Service Officer's career is the date he or she TENURED. So what is "tenure"? As one of my friends jokingly stated, "Short of punching your boss... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at Two Crabs
Update: Apparently this post was picked up by Reddit, so my blog views have shot through the roof. However, I've updated the post below to clarify some of the (rude) questions posed on Reddit. An Open Letter to Thomas O'Toole,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at Two Crabs
Yesterday, the Two Crabs marked our one year anniversary in Korea! We're bummed that our tour is already half over (time flies when you're having fun!) -- but we're looking forward to another year of exploring Korea (and more of... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2014 at Two Crabs
We didn't stay there, so I don't know. And we aren't "girls"...we're a guy & girl!
Toggle Commented Jul 26, 2014 on Ski Yongpyong! (스크 용평!) at Two Crabs
When my mom, friends or family ask me what we do for work, I just tell them, "we help Americans abroad". That's the simple answer to the complex work undertaken by consular officers at more than 200 US Embassies and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2014 at Two Crabs
Wong, we drove from Seoul to Phoenix Park. Driving is pretty easy. There are also direct buses from Seoul Station to Phoenix Park but they only run during ski season.
Toggle Commented Jul 12, 2014 on Ski Phoenix Park! (휘닉스파크) at Two Crabs
Happy 238th birthday, America! Celebrating the US of A when you're not in the USA is a little unusual. But the Two Crabs have been overseas nearly every July 4 for the past 9 years including London, Bahrain and now... Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2014 at Two Crabs
Thanks for your kind words and keep visiting!
Toggle Commented Jul 3, 2014 on Sep 12, 2013 at Two Crabs
In celebration of Gay Pride Month, Seoul recently hosted the 15th annual Korea Queer Festival. For the first time ever, the embassies of the U.S., France and Germany participated by hosting informational booths at the festival. As part of a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2014 at Two Crabs
Mrs. Crab is the "Green Thumb" in our family. Mr. Crab, not so much. But since arriving in South Korea, we've both found a new passion for gardening together. This includes regular trips to Seoul's famous Yangjae Flower Market and... Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2014 at Two Crabs
Although my day job is serving as a consular officer, all Foreign Service Officers (FSOs) are considered "generalists, which means we can be called at any time to work a variety of jobs and missions. One of those jobs is... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at Two Crabs
Thanks James! COngratulations on your upcoming wedding and honeymoon. Bali rocks! Hope to see you at the next FSO exam..Embassy Seoul offers the exam 3 times a year. If you haven't already, you can register and sign up at
Toggle Commented Apr 30, 2014 on Belated Beautiful Bali at Two Crabs
The Two Crabs recently took a way-too-short trip to Bali, Indonesia. Compared to most places where we vacation, Bali was dirt cheap. A full dinner for two, with 2 (ok, 3) drinks averaged about $20. The Crabs stayed in Seminyak... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2014 at Two Crabs
Greetings from Bali, Indonesia. Full trip report TK when we return to Seoul. Namaste. Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2014 at Two Crabs