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December 08, 2007

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kit

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you guys.

King-Walters

Good luck, wherever you end up.

Bernard Guerrero

"Two things are in the air at the moment: a Middle Eastern country, and a country with really big problems. (So big that Claudia and the boys wouldn't be able to come with me.)"

Ok, _that_ sucks. My sympathies.

Luke

OOh, Egypt wouldn't be terrible--the exchange rate is good, Cairo has great international schools, and access to most commodities plus high speed internet. Downside is that consumer electronics have a crazy import tax on them, such that a Taiwan made portable CD player is about $40 US. And Cairo has a nasty pollution thing....

I'd be leery, if I were you, of getting stuck in Jordan, for example, just given where it is. The Gulf is exceedingly tacky, and only really fun in short bursts. While Lebanon I love, but it's just not safe

Oskar

"and a country with really big problems. (So big that Claudia and the boys wouldn't be able to come with me.)"

OK, are we talking Iraq? Afghanistan? Kongo-Kinshasa?

Right now I don't envy you. But... as you point out, the situation is the situation and I guess this is what comes with the expat lifestyle.

Luke

I know that BP has an office in Iraq; like Haliburton, I laughed, and told them politely no.

My impression talking to both was that they weren't sending families, or married people. They were very very interested in singles.

Going into the Arab world might be marginally worse on paper, and much worse in fact if it's Jordan, Saudi, Bahrain, or the West Bank. Lebanon, of course, is too unstable to work in.

The rest is sort of grotty bog-standard tropicana third worldism. Tunisia would be a step up from Armenia, as would Morocco. I don't think anyone's going to, say, Libya.

Natalie

There's always Bethesda... :-)

So says the senior one.

Colin Alberts

"I know that BP has an office in Iraq; like Haliburton, I laughed, and told them politely no.
My impression talking to both was that they weren't sending families, or married people. They were very very interested in singles."

It's a bit more complicated that that. From 2004-2005 the BE Director in Baghdad was not only married, his wife was there in the compound too--although in fairness it should be added that she was also on staff, in the banking sector. That being said, children would be absolutely out of the question, unless they were opening a satellite office in Erbil or Sulaymaniyah, and even then I'd think very long and hard about it.

claudia

Luke, why the hate for Jordan? I spent a couple of weeks there six months ago, and it seemed pleasant enough.

Colin, Iraq and Afghanistan are still "unaccompanied" posts, meaning no family. The arrangement you describe -- husband and wife both working -- is not unheard of; sometimes both spouses are perfectly competent, sometimes not.

Still up in the air here anyways.


Doug M.

Bernard Guerrero

"I know that BP has an office in Iraq; like Haliburton, I laughed, and told them politely no."

What'd the pay look like? I'm big on risk/reward. :^)

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