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The Brujas of Saipan

June 2002

by Bobbie Bergesen Again we have the pleasure of offering up a vignette recounting the experience of the author, a sketch taken from her years as the spouse of a Foreign Service officer. You may click here for other of … Read more

On the Bangledesh Rocket

February 2002

by Bobbie Bergesen It is the 1970’s and you are stationed in the newly independent nation of Bangladesh. Take a scenic trip with the author and her husband on a paddle wheel ship through the delta region called the Mouths … Read more

Mission to Mozambique

February 2002

by Alfonso Arenales The author was a career U. S. diplomat from 1957 to 1988. In addition to senior assignments in Washington, DC, and on the U. S. delegation to the UN in New York, he held positions abroad in … Read more

The Devil’s Diplomat in Mid-West America

March 2001

by Rick Sherman The author, now retired in Washington, D.C., served as a career U. S. diplomat from 1966 to 1993. Among his six posts abroad, he was consul general at Auckland, New Zealand. See a previous contribution of his … Read more

The Troia Horse

December 2000

A BRAZILIAN DIPLOMAT in Lisbon first mentioned Tróia to my husband and me soon after our arrival in the late 1960s. His enthusiastic description of the place sent us there on the next springlike Sunday. My husband, Alf, had been … Read more

Picturing Cuba: Life and Work on Castro’s Island

December 2000

Lauren Wilcox, a Brown University graduate, now studies creative writing in a Masters program at the University of Florida in Gainesville. In June 2000, she made her second visit to Cuba with a group sponsored by the Church of Reconciliation … Read more

Letters from Niger: Peace Corps Adventures in the Sahara

December 2000

When Jim Bullington, a former U.S. ambassador and regular contributor to these pages, decided he’d had enough of retirement, he applied for a Peace Corps position and soon found himself in West Africa. He promised to keep our readers posted … Read more