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Friday, February 4, 2011

I passed!

I took my final Spanish exam today to complete my training at FSI before going to post.

I passed with a 3/3+! I couldn't believe it... especially after the humorous Spanish mistakes I've made this week!

A few days ago in Spanish class, we were reading an article about Tax law in Ecuador (I know.. exhilarating, right?) The article was half book review half commentary on the tax law. Well, I thought that this book that explained tax law was actually a play. Yes, a play. I was sitting there thinking "wow... a play that explains tax law. How dreadfully boring that must be." Needless to say.. my classmates laughed at me for a few days.

Then yesterday I was telling my professor that I was going to come early before my test to have a one-on-one session with a native speaker as a warm-up before the real thing. Note to everyone learning Spanish: avoid the phrase "warming up" whenever possible. Let's just suffice it to say that I accidentally suggested that the native speaker and I would have some inappropriate relations. hahahahaha.

Regardless, Spanish is done. Next week I have the Foreign Affairs Counter Threat course, also known as "Crash Bang." A whole week of learning/using firearms, explosives, detection- and counter-surveillance, first aid, and offensive, defensive, and evasive driving techniques? Yes please!

Two week countdown to departure for post starts... now!

Until next time...peace.


  1. Enjoy crash bang or crash and bang or whatever it is called! It's cool training. And congrats on passing your test!

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  3. I'm new to your blog, but can't wait to read about your upcoming adventures!

    Felicidades & buena suerte!!

  4. Congratulations! That's a great score!

    I found out last week I'm going to Praia, Cape Verde, and will be in Portuguese training soon. Never a dull moment!