First, and on a more mundane note, I passed my Portuguese test. While this may seem like the inevitable result of six months of study let me just say how much I profoundly disagree with that statement. There are no guarantees with this test. Really, even in English I would have a hard time writing a coherent presentation on a topic like immigration or gun control in only 5 minutes. And those of us who turn into speed-talking robot zombies during high stakes oral tests have a little extra challenge to deal with.
All this to say that I’m very relieved and grateful to the wonderful teachers of the Portuguese section. Starting out with a foundation in Italian (and high school Spanish) obviously helped a ton and, miraculously, I reached my ‘stretch’ goal of 3/3+. Now if I can just maintain all that vocab and grammar until I land!
And speaking of my departure flight .... it’s been pushed back by about seven months.
Why, you ask?
Well, it just so happens that I’ve been working on a little surprise.
Though it’s getting bigger all the time!
Due to the ongoing - albeit diminishing - Zika threat in Brazil I’m sticking around in DC until after the delivery. I’m glad to be closer to family anyway during this period and of course I will have plenty to keep me busy for the next few months while working at the bridge assignment in the Department. This will be my first domestic work assignment since I officially joined* and I know there’s a lot I have to learn.
So I guess that’s just about all the news that’s fit to print! Happy Cinco de Mayo!
*Back in 2011 I did a summer internship at Main State