The Royals and the Roaches: Living Abroad with the Government

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"I belly-crawled across the floor after a bomb exploded outside our garden in Yemen I had tea with Barbara Bush in the Yellow Room of the White House I drove blindly into the midst of an anti-American riot in Venezuela I joined in a folk dance led by Queen Margrethe in Denmark and I ate dinner with a prime minister in Israel." Patricia Hughes gives us a candid, tough-minded and fun look at living abroad at the behest of our government. She expresses the frustrations and concerns of a mother and wife while accepting with good humor that the Foreign Service acquires "two for the price of one." She reminds us of a dedicated group of patriots that are often forgotten-the diplomats.

This book presents a remarkable range of experience, emotions, people and places that influenced her and her family during 35 years of government service. From terrorism and a civil war to lunch in a palace; from demonstrations and groupies, presidents and princesses to life-long friends-these are The Royals and The Roaches.

 

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Contents

THE ROYALS
1
IN THE BEGINNING
6
JOINING UP
19
FRANKFURTERS AND APFELWOI
30
THE ROACHES
44
GUAJIROS AND OIL WELLS
52
THE PERILS OF PACKING
78
THE RHINE AND THE ROCK
93
THE MERMAID AND THE MAGIC
132
HOME IS WHERE?
164
DUTCH TREATS
179
SAFEGUARDS AND SAFEKEEPING
200
OLD TESTAMENT AND NEW TRIALS
218
THE OTHERROACHES
247
MR AMBASSADOR
267
ARABIA FELIX
272

LAUGHING IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE
116

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