We’ve spent the past couple of days recovering from all the fun of Vienna Wedding week and things are slowly coming back to their normal pace. But while we look for the next adventure, which surely won’t be long, I’m excited to share with you a new installment of Notes from the Field – this time from Angola.
Annie is a true diplo-wife in every sense, always elegant and always prepared. She has since left Angola for their next post in Washington, DC, where in addition to raising their brand new diplo-addition, she’s also just started her MBA degree in her spare time. Enjoy!
|View of Downtown Luanda|
Diplo-mat or Diplo-spouse? Diplo-spouse and expatriate
Current Post: Luanda, Angola
Three words to describe your current post:
Best thing about your current post:
You have visitors in town for the weekend at current post, what does the weekend look like?
First spend the day at Cabo Ledo for surfing and sun-bathing. Then have a late lunch at a restaurant on the Ilha (peninsula on the bay of Luanda) or visit of the Fortaleza or visit of the current show at the museum. Finish up with dinner and drinks at the bar of the Chill Out on Ilha.
If you’re in current post, you must try:
Restaurants (there are so many: Coconut, Caribe, Café Del Mar, Le Petit Bistro, Chez Wou, Cais do Quatro, Chill Out, Pimm’s, Al Dar, Miami, Rialto, Naquele Lugar, Asia Lounge, Veneza….)
Nightclubs (Chill out, Elinga, Palos, Eden, Miami, W, Dom Q)
Camping trips (we had great camping trips: Malange, Sumbe, Huambo, Cabo Ledo)
Most difficult about living in current post:
Utilities (water, electricity…)
Cost of living – just to give you a sense, 4 tomatoes could easily cost you $10.00.
Biggest adventure at post?
When did you realize you were far from home?
When the electricity ran out for the 5th time and that we were still waiting in the dark to have some light.
What’s the most important thing about re-creating your home at post?
Recreating our home in Luanda was so important as the life there is so stressful. For example we used to have lunch at home with our little baby boy just to have some of the comforts of routine.
Three things you can’t live without at post?
My Bathing suit
One thing you thought you couldn’t live without but have had to?
Fresh French bread
You’re having guests over on Saturday night, what’s on the menu?
Mousse de maracuja
Dream post for next assignment? Why?
The United States, we want to be able to show our son his father’s country of origin.
If one goes to Angola, one should also visit the neighboring countries such as Namibia, South Africa – after all, you’re already there!
|Malange Waterfalls, Angola|
|Orphanage Visit in Huambo|
|The Party and Nightclub Scene|
|Children passing by while on a camping trip in Sumbe|