Foreign Affairs

Birthday Vote

I never know, should I celebrate, can I still grieve, do I hide, how does one mark this occasion? Today, would have been my Father’s 72 birthday. If he was still alive, he probably would be golfing somewhere in the world, and consulting on the side, he would never have stopped working fully, nor would …

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9/11

I had woken up early to finish writing a paper on British colonial history, I always had the t.v turned onto the news. I had grown up with the news on constantly, it was comforting as I sat at my small table typing away, drinking coffee. I slipped out of the room, and came back, …

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Phone Call

I can remember it was a cold early fall evening, my roommate and I were getting ready to go out. My roommate and I had been friends since 8th grade, we decided that since we got in the same University, but couldn’t live on campus, that we would move into an apartment off campus together. …

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Dragons

One of my first bosses once said “Every diplomat has  a dragon in the doorway, the key is to know which dragon is hanging out in the doorway.” I ignored it, not understanding what he was talking about. A year into working at Foreign Affairs, I had an Assistant Deputy Minister make a comment about …

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Runaway

I wrote this a long time ago, and found it in my drafts… The recent media frenzy on 2 Canadian diplomatic boys have been haunting me. Most of us who have grown up as Dip kids are faced with the exact same impression “you are living a life of luxury.” or the diplomatic view, buck …

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High Tea

I grew up in a household with 3 Aunties who loved high tea on the weekends. The good bone china would come out, tea cups, and all the smoked salmon…I still dislike smoked salmon, but loved all the other goodies. Please follow and like us:

Posting Season

While the rest of the population enjoys their summers, diplomats are typically packing and unpacking. I was recently reminded that friends and old colleagues are now moving their lives for their next great diplomatic posting adventure. Some are heading to Africa, or South America, and some are going to a different part of Europe. While …

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Olympics

I never really felt connected to my country of birth, even though my father represented it. Having spent absolutely no time in the country growing up, how was I supposed to feel Canadian, it was almost impossible. When the Olympics rolled around, we didn’t exactly have the internet back then, or satellite to get any …

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