Been out for a while due to laptop issues. So, I tentatively have been assigned Indonesia for my directed assignment. It's not completely formalized but confident enough that it will be the country of assignment that in two weeks, I'll be starting language training at the Foreign Service Institute in Arlington, VA to learn Indonesian (Bahasa) for the next 6 months.
I'll also be taking the language examination for Mandarin in a couple weeks as I've had that test scheduled for 2 months now and I might as well see how I formally score.
I'm looking forward to this assignment and think it'll be great to learn a more obscure language. I think both personally while navigating and living in the city and professionally while working with local officials and people, it will be invaluable to have the ability to communicate. Not very many professions allow for the opportunity to learn something like Indonesian!