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The Foreign Service, Journal Entry Morocco, Update
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The Foreign Service, Journal Entry Morocco, Update
I recently received an update request from Kenneth Lisenbee, Webmaster for the official Paul Bowles site, founded and authorized by the musical and literary descendants of his estate as well as for Jane Bowles. Thor Kuniholm, the director of the Tangier American Legation Museum in Morocco has asked that my article "The Foreign Service, Journal Entry Morocco," be updated to reflect that the Legation museum's proper URL, which is listed below. The official website is no longer in use The old URL has been causing "Google Alert" issues. If you're wondering what people in foreign service earn a living doing I'll share a few photos from my initial Morocco journal. As I've mentioned before the overseas assignments are available in a variety of colors: black for hellholes such as Iraq and Afghanistan Pink for heaven, off-white for boring. Every week, staff members at the embassy rotate between duty officer. This means they are always on call to handle emergencies, much similar to firemen. Most of the time, nothing happens and it's an off-white evening or weekend. If something happens to you and the colors become more exciting. An email at 2 early in the day by an Marine Security Guard in Rabat caused me to rush down into the jail in my neighborhood with jeans and a sweater hurriedly tucked over my nightwear, hair messy. It was reported that the Moroccan police were detained an 18-year-old American who had tried to sneak hashish on an aircraft. Visit:- In addition, the man had lost his passport. Because the typical traveler does not enjoy diplomatic immunity, the unfortunate man sat in the shady corner for months until we were able to be able to get him out. There are today criminals and terrorists who would cause you harm if you get an American passport, which is why it's prudent to keep it concealed when you travel. Jaren Stone, a recently appointed Junior Officer working at the embassy when he was again summoned, after hours at the Hilton Hotel. Unexperienced, but creative, Jaren contacted an Embassy health officer. The two managed to convince the panicked Hotel manager to believe that the American man who was lying upon the ground in the room 808 of the Rabat Hilton had died from stroke, not Black Death. Jaren's French and Arabic aid in calming the panic however, not before the hotel manager declared a quarantine on the entire hotel, including the woman's grieving wife. On the next day, Jaren confessed that to me "Back to Washington I disliked my teacher of French. Now, I'd like to take his hand and kiss it." In normal working hours, a consular officer is responsible for American citizen issues, including the disposal of deceased bodies , as well as the issuance of passports and visas. What is the difference between consulates and an embassy? I'm glad you asked. First of all, embassies are in capital cities , with ambassadors in charge. Instead of CEOs, they're referred to as Chiefs of Mission. They are accountable to the Secretary of State and work under the direction of President. Consulates and Consulates exist located in major cities and are led by a Consul General. The President is the one who appoints the chief officers. A few have been appointed as career officials of the Senior Foreign Service. Based on the situation, certain American embassies such as Baghdad, Paris or London are home to hundreds or thousands of staff, while smaller embassies such as Lithuania or Luxembourg have less staff. There was a time when there was an entity known as the legation. Confused? Fahgetaboutit. Imagine of romance as: Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabs; the writer Paul Bowles and painter Henri Matisse. A refuge for artists and writers, Tangier, Morocco was probably one of the final among the State Department legations before the American diplomatic presence in the Bohemian city was removed of the walled area to the new town , where it eventually was shut down. The close relationship that exists between Morocco as well as the United States goes way back. The old legation located in the medina of Tangier was given for the United States from the Sultan of Morocco in 1821. In the 1970s , from the top of the building, I remember admiring the views of the Strait of Gibraltar and the RIF Mountains. From the cobblestone medieval streets below, I could smell the smell of Moroccan cuisine that was to die for. This original building (restored) has become an American museum and cultural center in the bustle of traders and donkeys, artists and a variety of expatriates. It is awe-inspiring with its stunning Moorish architectural style, and a distinctive inner courtyardthat is accessible to the sky, the museum showcases an impressive collection of 17th through 20th century art, an American jewel that is the crown jewel of this North African Kingdom. From December through January, ski slopes in the Atlas Mountains, one hour away from the oases of Marrakesh is not a problem also. One of the advantages of a job in paradise. Color me pink!  

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