About Albert & Chela

About Albert: Born and raised in Washington, DC, by Chilean parents. Did 5 years in the Armed Forces.  Now in the Foreign Service where I’ve served in Caracas, Venezuela, and now in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

About Chela: Born in Oregon but grew up outside a small town in Northern Wisconsin. Sandwiched two years in the Philippines as a Peace Corps Volunteer between undergrad and grad school. Since Albert joined the Foreign Service, focused on the challenges of being a mom and maintaining some semblance of a career in international development.


3 Responses to “About Albert & Chela”

  1. Greetings Albert and Chela:

    After doing a couple random searches in WordPress about Caracas, I stumbled on your interesting blog.

    My family and I are planning to move to Caracas in the next few months and I was trying to find blogs written by Americans living there (I think I did :-)). Please share any information that you would like with me. As you can imagine, I am worried about work and the cost of living. My background is in international development/nonprofit, as well (and believe it or not, I worked for a microcredit agency before), so I think we share a lot of similarities. Hope to hear from you soon!

  2. After looking at several blogs on the US Dept of State website I found yours. I am planning a vacation to Amsterdam and I’m going to use your blog as a guide on “what to do while there” do you think Oct would be an OK month to travel or will it be too cold by then?
    Mary Lou

    • I’m so sorry I didn’t respond earlier. Somehow WordPress didn’t notify me of your comment. That’s great that you’ll be able to visit Amsterdam–such a great city. As far as temperatures in October…I didn’t find it too cold when we arrived in October last year to do lots of exploring. Since we have a young child, though, we tried to keep our outings a bit shorter to make sure she stayed warm. But, if you don’t have that concern, than you could easily be out all day doing things. Of course, in Amsterdam you often have rainy/overcast days but in general it doesn’t seem to rain the whole time. So you can always just duck into a restaurant or a museum to wait it out before continuing on. Have fun!

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