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Some photos to catch you up

February 6, 2011
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Here’s a quick update along with a few photos that we have been meaning to post for a while now.

Below is a photo from the Halloween party that was hosted by the US Marines.  Our costume options were pretty limited this year.  I had on a colorful blanket and a Mexican wrestling mask (flipped up during this picture), and Katie had a cool red wig with a sparkely dress (covered up in this photo), underneath a trenchcoat.  All items that were not-coincidentally small, compact, and light to pack in our luggage.  I know having to wear costumes of limited creativity, and not getting to pour her heart and soul into her Halloween costume as usual, was difficult for Katie, but we nonetheless had a great time!

And here we are at the US Ambassadors house enjoying a lovely Thanksgiving celebration.  All the way on the right is Sarah (the second Global Health fellow),  middle right is the Ambassador, and then Katie and I are the two stunning people on the left.  Katie and I baked a sweet potato pie, which you can read all about here .

After spending some time back in California for the Winter holidays, Katie and headed back to Kinshasa.  But, instead of heading straight back, there was a conference in Thailand that Katie got to go to (see Around the World Around the World).  We arrived in Bangkok a few days ahead of the conference and took the opportunity to head down south to some of the beautiful Thai islands.  While on Koh Lanta we took a couple of diving trips that were truly amazing.  On one of the dives, we had a couple of Manta Rays, between 12 and 15 feet wide, that swam with us the entire time.  These ones were particularly social creatures, very curious, and they enjoy swimming in all of the bubbles that the divers make.  We were also really lucky that on the dive there was a photographer who had a really nice underwater camera that got some great shots that we were able to get from him afterwords.  It was really a magnificent experience to be hanging out with such rare animals in their own environment. Something we will both never forget.

Katie and some other divers with the Manta Ray



Me with the Manta Ray

Also, as most of you know, Katie and I spent the first few months we knew each other traveling around S.E. Asia.  So it was pretty special when we realized that coincidentally, we would be there for our 6 month wedding anniversary!  It has certainly been an eventful 6 months, and we’re both looking forward to many more to come.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. tashawaterworks permalink
    February 7, 2011 7:41 pm

    love the pics of the manta ray!! On a side note talking about your 6month wedding anniversary, your save the date finally arrived to our house about 4 months after your wedding!! I was actually surprised it made it at all in the condition it was in. Thought you might get a kick out of that.

  2. Aunt Melodee permalink
    February 12, 2011 1:27 am

    All I can say is “WOW!” and Happy Birthday, Katie!

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