making lemonade in london

One of the benefits diplomats get when signing up to serve their country overseas is — as much as possible — continued access to the sort of healthcare they would have if they were still living in America. Of course, a modern healthcare system can’t be perfectly replicated in all corners of the world. Should we have found ourselves needing an ambulance or an emergency room while in Benin, well, we would have been out of luck. But when Andy needed more sophisticated medical attention than he could get in Benin last year, we were sent back to the U.S. And recently, when I needed to have something checked out that couldn’t be done here, Flynn and I were sent off to London.

If we learned anything from Andy’s health ordeal last year it’s that you just never know when something serious will strike, so we decided that as big of a hassle and as big of an expense as it would be, it was important for Andy to take a few days off work and fly out to London to be there for my appointment too. Plus, an unexpected family reunion would be pretty nice, and might help us better push through these last two months of our six months apart. Lemonade from lemons, and all.

If we were posted to Embassy London we could eat lunch in this park every day. Sigh.

It was a whirlwind trip. We arrived Thursday. I had appointments Friday morning. We found out everything was fine that afternoon and were booked on the next available flight out, which was Sunday. But we squeezed in as much family time as we could. We didn’t do anything particularly special. Mostly we just hung out.

We hung out on trains, Flynn’s current obsession.

"Flynn go choo choo train?" Yep, buddy. Sure thing.

We hung out in restaurants.

For me?

We hung out in parks.

Regents park.

And let’s not forget that a) I’m pregnant, and b) I’m living somewhere with limited dining options, so we also of course spent a large amount of time chasing my many food cravings.


Did you know there’s a Krispy Kreme in the Selfridges Food Hall off Oxford Street? Well, there is. Don’t ask how many times I visited it.

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4 Responses to making lemonade in london

  1. Shawn says:

    We’re off to London in about a month for our last R&R away from Kabul. It looks great to see both A.) good food and B.) anything green.

    Glad you guys had a good trip all things considered.

  2. Tiffany B. says:

    Aw, so happy that you all were able to spend quality time together! That must’ve been so nice! I have not had many cravings (mostly food aversions… don’t even get me started on handling meat, especially chicken!), or at least they really don’t last long… or maybe it’s because I know it’s not here… but donuts! Donuts I have craved! I want the cake donuts, though. A nice round, cakey, chocolatey, iced up donut. Just a few more weeks for me and I’ll be working on my little mini-cravings! Hope you’re feeling well… you look beautiful!

  3. Anne says:

    I’m glad everything is ok, and that you were able to spend some time together as a family! When we went for my medevac last year we stayed close to that Krispy Kreme, and I totally bought a dozen with every intention of taking them back to Conakry for the people I worked with, but ate every last one myself. Oops!!

  4. lynne says:

    Everything about the trip, other than the separation at the end of it, sounds perfect! On our last day before Alex and I left post, hubs and I each spend the morning with the kid we wouldn’t see for a month. My son and I spent 40 minutes in the metro just watching trains.

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