So back in the winter, a job in my field became available, so I applied. Since I never thought I’d actually get hired, no one was more surprised than I was when I got the call. It wasn’t that I didn’t think I was qualified or couldn’t do the job. I am supremely confident in my abilities–and hey–what I don’t know, I can learn.

It had more to do with the fact that I’m not exactly a senior person in my program. I’ve only been in since Summer 2010. And come on–Italy is a plum assignment, by anyone’s standards.

From the get-go, I knew that this move would involve some red tape ( I mean…I do work for the government), a lot of craziness, and a fair amount of frustration. And guess what?? I wasn’t disappointed lol.