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November 16, 2007

Wednesday night my pals and I headed out to have dinner at Ambassador Nancy Powell’s house with other students studying abroad in Nepal and high ranking State Department Officials. We arrived to find that it was actually a very very intimate dinner as there were only three other students besides the seven of us in attendance. Because most of us had planned to just listen and eat pizza and snacks there were some long and awkward silences for the first half an hour. But then things spiced up and I got to hang out with some truly amazing individuals. Frankly this dinner did a lot to raise my opinion of the State Department, at the personnel level anyways. I spoke at length with an anthropology major who now does economic research here for the State Dep..there is hope for my degree yet!

The house was gorgeous and the desserts were splendid. I abstained from taking pictures because i worried that the very jolly secret service guy might ask me to delete them or some sort or scene. On her piano the Ambassador had loads of pictures with well known politicians and upon hearing us comment that Condi Rice looked “unusually happy and pleasant” the secret service fellow informed us that she is  really kind and told us stories about her. It was very thrilling!

Only in Nepal is the international community small enough that the Ambassador invites you to her house and says “please give us feedback and tell us about your adventures and feel free to ask us questions”. A very wondrous night indeed.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Jenny permalink
    November 19, 2007 9:21 am

    yay for the foreign service!

  2. November 19, 2007 12:38 pm

    Sounds cool! But there are few things worse than long awkward silences..

  3. Willow permalink
    November 21, 2007 5:52 pm

    I love seeing your pictures!!!

    Happy almost Thanksgiving, almost 21 year old 🙂

    Miss you,


  4. December 20, 2007 12:22 pm

    Hello, just stoped by the comment section to thank you for the work you have been doing so others can enjoy your blog with a morning cup of coffe 🙂

  5. January 25, 2008 2:56 pm

    Hi, great to read about your adventures in Nepal and also nice photo…. all the best
    B. Raj

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