LD: Something New

Rebecca Cao DiplomatThis post is part of Le Diplomate series, in which I will chronicle my travel joys and tribulations as an intern for the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. OECD in Paris. 

As you might have noticed, this blog has lived up to its namesake — erratic to boot — and generally fails to continue any particular train of thought for more than a few posts. If it were up to me, I would never keep a travel blog because I know what would happen. The first few days would be great! Look, here’s a picture of me at (tourist attraction) eating (local delicacy) with (hot foreign man). Then, I would get so caught up in my excitement of being in a new country, I wouldn’t blog for a week. When I wrote again, I would apologize for forgetting and promise to keep it up. Of course, that would be the last time I ever posted.

This time, though, I’m doing this travel series for MIISP and the two papers I’ll have to write upon my return for the organizations who are funding my trip. Hopefully, this will keep me accountable!

In any case, I’m still waiting on my security clearance, but all the paperwork has been sent in and I should get a decision any day now. I’m incredibly excited to finalize my start date and get into contact with my supervisor. Then, I can finally slog through the painstaking logistical details, like booking a flight and applying for a home-stay.

Now, I’ll share with you what I’m looking forward to most about my internship. From the Embassy’s Intern Welcome Packet:

There are a number of events in which Tri-Mission officials participate; events at the Ambassador’s residence, such as movie screenings or seasonal parties; local festivals and parades and CLO activities. If there is the opportunity to attend such events, they are worth your time! Events summer interns have previously been invited to attend include: the July 4th official reception, the July 4th Tri-Mission reception, the July 14th Bastille Day parade, the Tour de France finale party, private movie screenings at the Ambassador’s residence, and more. Also, once a month, a tour of the Ambassador’s residence is offered for Tri-Mission employees. It’s free but generally during work hours. Ask your supervisor for permission to attend. It is well worth it if you can!

Luckily, I’ll be in Paris for the 4th of July, Bastille Day, and the Tour de France. By the way, have you seen the Ambassador’s residence?! While I daydream about ball gowns and soirées, I shall also stress about finals, getting certified to teach the GRE, and moving out of the dorms.

Lastly, I hope you will be entertained by Le Diplomate. Do you enjoy reading travel blogs? Have you ever kept one yourself?

À la prochaine,



2 thoughts on “LD: Something New

  1. Wishing you the best of luck in your endeavor! Paris,ahh, how lucky can you get! Will be looking forward to upcoming Le Diplomate posts. 🙂

    • Thank you so much! I know, I still can’t believe this is real. I’ll be pinching myself until I’m finally there. Have you ever been?

      Haha I’ll make sure to keep it up. 😀

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