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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
An open letter to my friends and family who voted for Donald Trump: Yesterday, President Trump signed an Executive Order titled "PROTECTING THE NATION FROM FOREIGN TERRORIST ENTRY INTO THE UNITED STATES." Many of you today are applauding and celebrating... Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2017 at Two Crabs
Full disclosure: before we were assigned to Calgary, I had never heard of the Calgary Stampede -- billed as "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth". The Stampede is part rodeo, part state fair, this quintessential Canadian event was actually started... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at Two Crabs
One of the most difficult tasks as a Consular Officer is dealing with the inevitable case of a U.S. citizen who has died overseas. I will never forget the first time I had to make 'The Call' to the family... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at Two Crabs
The beautiful woman above with the curly red hair is Kimberly Kenny, a dear friend and wonderful musician with the voice of an angel. You may not know her, but she touched countless lives with her passionate soul, songs and... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2016 at Two Crabs
Surviving and loving winters in Calgary, Canada Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at Two Crabs
Thanks for reading!
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2016 on Ski High 1! (하이원!) at Two Crabs I can't remember what we paid but it was probably about $45 USD. And it's not worth the hassle to bring skis from outside the resort just to save a few bucks. If you were going east to one of the bigger resorts like High 1 or Yongpyong, then it's definitely worth it to rent outside the resort. Bearstown is a VERY small neighborhood ski resort but it's perfect for beginners.
Toggle Commented Feb 5, 2016 on Ski Bears Town! (베어스타운) at Two Crabs
The Two Crabs are now officially in Canada! We arrived in Calgary in mid-July after a month of Home Leave. We haven't been here long but already loving our new job and home at the foothills of the Canadian Rocky... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2015 at Two Crabs
Biggest reverse culture shocks from our first 24 hours back in DC: 1) The diversity of America, or, Fifty Shades of Brown. As a "minority," this was especially noticeable after 2 years living in Korea, one of the most homogeneous... Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2015 at Two Crabs
Yes I'm guilty of not blogging. 2015 has been a very challenging year, between bidding and now scrambling to pack-out with only 2 months notice of where we are going (Canada). Our pack-out is tomorrow, and I'm about to lose... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2015 at Two Crabs
I just cancelled my United Chase Visa card. I never did get a straight answer about this bullshit from United. I did get a letter from Chase, stating they must abide by United rules and wording and referred me back to United, who never answered me.
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
Updated March 1, 2016 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... 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