For a multitude of reasons, bidding on a Critical Priority Country made the most sense for me. How do I feel about going to Kabul? Cautiously optimistic. It will definitely be a unique experience working there and the country is a priority area for the Agency and the government so it will be an honor to contribute to mission there and hope to make some meaningful difference. The situation there is changing very quickly and it might be very different place a year from now. The development challenges will certainly be interesting and I'm sure I'll leave with many stories to tell. But definitely not looking forward to being separated from family.
It seems like a long way off still and there's oh, so much more to accomplish here. But time flies.