R&R is referred to as an entitlement benefit Foreign Service employees receive which essentially is the benefit of a plane ticket, or cost equivalent, to a specified destination based off of the location of your posting or a plane ticket to the US. Reference the Foreign Affairs Manual for a more complicated definition. Generally, the standard assignment receives one R&R benefit every two years. Some use the ticket for a vacation abroad to another destination, I elected to come back home. With the combination of R&Rs and Home Leave benefits (I'll explain that sometime next year when I receive it), one could theoretically come back to the US once every year.
Being back home in St. Louis was a great opportunity to reconnect with friends and family as well as over-indulge in every cuisine that isn't possible to be found in Indonesia (Hello White Castle, St. Louis style pizza, great Mexican food, and good Chinese buffets!). Adding the training to the end of my R&R was also important in order to fulfill the last couple of courses I need to be ready to apply for my warrant in the next couple of months as well as discuss with the Home Office on the upcoming bidding season for where I might be assigned next after Indonesia.
Feeling renewed and ready to get back to the office! With that, here are some savory things I'm going to miss when going back.
|Nothing better. St. Louis style pizza.|
|Haven't heard of it? It's a St. Paul sandwich!|
|White Castle. What I craved.|
|A St. Louis tradition. Ted Drewes.|