4th somewhat annual FS Swap

Welcome to the 4th somewhat annual FS Swap.  If you have swapped before, the rules will be the same, if you are new to the swap, please read carefully.

This swap is for foreign service people.  The employee or the spouse.  People must actually be employed already and be serving at at least their first post, and yes, DC, is a post.  If you don't know what a swap is, it is when you are matched up with someone randomly and you make friends a little via email and then send them a little fun care package or item from your current post and they do the same for you.  This could be an excellent bidding tool and also super for kids, "See Suzy, these people in Kuala Lumpur have our same couch!  How fun!"  Try and figure out what your swap pal likes if you can, or just come right out and ask what they might want.  People in DC, we know you are at the ultimate hardship post, so please do join in, you might get someone in Abuja who would love some cupcake liners and M & M's from the US.  You never know and people are generally easy to please and make happy when mail is involved.  Feel free to make it kid centric if you both have kids and agree.

Here are the IMPORTANT instructions - You need to leave a comment on this post saying you would like to join with your first name, your current post and your email address.  If you also have a blog, super I can link that too, but it is not a must.  And please, even if I know you in real life, follow the directions.  I can easily forget things and then I feel very bad about it.

Sign up's close on January 19.  Then you will have until February 19 to get to know your swap pal and get your shopping done.  Swapping mailing addresses will be up to you to do with each other via email after you have been matched.  Matching should happen on January 20.  I cannot take special requests but can promise you will not be matched with another person serving in the same country.

Happy swapping and feel free to spread the word!

60 comments

  1. Zoe, Milan, newswarrior@yahoo.com, somethingedited.blogpsot.com

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  2. Becky, Taipei, smallbitsfs @ yahoo. com smallbitsfs.blogspot.com Thanks!

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  3. Love this idea! Especially since we are one of the ones toiling away in the hardship of Dc! Ania, Washington, thenewdiplomatswife@gmail.com; www.thenewdiplomatswife.com

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  4. Shannon, Malawi, Shannon @cyberbones.com Cyberbones.blogspot.com

    Thanks for hosting this again!!! You are awesome.

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  5. Lynne, St Petersburg Russia, ylm23 @ yahoo.com, www.likenomads.com

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  6. Sara, Manila, Philippines, sara (at) teamroy dot com http://wifemommywoman.blogspot.com

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  7. alix, moscow, alexandrakbryant@gmail.com

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  8. Janelle in Chennai, India. Mingus.dew.6@gmail.com

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  9. Teresa, Hong Kong, gtcowan@hotmail.com

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  10. Melissa in Jerusalem, csamto@yahoo.com, www.csamto.blogspot.com

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  11. Michele, Jordan, mehopper@gmail.com, www.globehoppers.us

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  12. Danielle in New Delhi danielle.dumm@gmail.com http://hotpotdc.wordpress.com

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  13. Anne in Conakry anniesblog @ gmail.com frecklefacedgirl.blogspot.com

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  14. Carin in Bermuda margaretshopechest@yahoo.com
    www.diplofam.blogspot.com and www.margaretshopechest.blogspot.com

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  15. Sadie, Kampala, sadieabroad@gmail.com, sadieabroad.blogspot.com

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  16. Dasha - Sofia, Bulgaria - dasha_dm @ hotmail.com - littlecrazies.blogspot.com

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  17. Julie - Canberra, Australia - curtis_juliet @ yahoo.com

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  18. Sarah, Nogales, sarah@mapledell.com, www.bythewhere.com

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  19. Mindy - Laguna Niguel, CA (unaccompanied tour) then heading to Belize - mindyreid@gmail.com

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  20. What a great idea!
    Tarn, Krakow, nootarn17@gmail.com

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  21. Sunny - Brussels, Belgium www.fabling.blogspot.com

    sunnydarley at gmail point com

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  22. Meridith - Las Cruces, NM (husband at FSI) meridith.sloan@gmail.com

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  23. Julie, Rangoon, Burma. boyettja@gmail.com, worldtravelers3.blogspot.com

    Great idea! Thanks for hosting!

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  24. Lauren - Seoul, South Korea lauren.mackinnon@gmail.com

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  25. Charish - Nairobi, Kenya. charish.r.bishop@gmail.com

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    1. Erica... We are planning a family trip to Iceland this summer with our young-ish children. I'd love some insider info! Favorite places and spaces?! Ckgaskill@gmail.com I'll return the favor if you are ever headed to Krakow!

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  26. April, Niamey, Niger, plumeria_73@yahoo.com

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  27. Excited! I did this a few years ago and got to meet a great new friend and helpful resource, we ended up talking instead of swapping, but it was great.
    Dez, Casablanca, Morocco, dez.is.a.rockstar @gmail

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  28. This is sooo awesome!!!!
    Ana Gaby, Jakarta Indonesia, stumbleabroad@gmail.com http://stumbleabroad.net

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  29. Deana, Bangkok Thailand, dluscioust@gmail.com

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  30. Tiffany, DC, tiffanyjhughes at gmail.com

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  31. Love this idea....Rose, Praia, Cape Verde. Rosec1961@yahoo.com

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  32. Yang, Praia, Cape Verde, arcyz@hotmail.com.

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  33. Jessica, Guatemala City, jessicamaesmith@gmail.com, www.lindseymaesmith.blogspot.com

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  34. Lisa, Manila, Philippines, pulisha98@yahoo.com, pulisha.blogspot.com

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  35. I'd love to join the group! What a great idea!
    Raquel, right now posted in La Paz, Bolivia ['breathless La Paz", for more reasons than one!], blog: http://3rdculturechildren.com and email: rsnlima@yahoo.com

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  36. Theresa, Managua, trepede@msn.com,

    http://theredmenaceabroad.blogspot.com/

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  37. Hi. How fun!
    Heather- Hermosillo, Mexico heather.emerick@gmail.com

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  38. Wendy............ Ankara, Turkey, nomadsbynature@yahoo.com
    Looking forward to being able to participate this year!

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  39. What a fun idea!
    Ann, Washington DC (ouch), ann at ann mah dot net

    www.annmah.net

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  40. Cuuute idea. Gotta love the internet these days.
    Currently in-between posts, so basking in the clear DC air. Heading to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
    Jessie :: jessieabryson@gmail.com :: www.jessbopeep.com

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  41. I would love to participate but I'm in the middle of moving from post back to DC and won't be settled in time to swap. What a great idea though!

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  42. I'm apprehensive, but intrigued. . . Erica, Reykjavik, Iceland, Erica_Jacobs@hotmail.com
    ericajgreen.wordpress.com

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  43. Jeanae, Houston, jeanae78@yahoo.com.
    I'm so happy I'm not missing it this year!

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  44. Chelsea, Shenyang, China, chickenflag @ hotmail . com
    And my blog is http://chickenflag.blogspot.com

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  45. Such a great idea, thanks for organizing this!

    You can reach me at JenniferJDC@hotmail.com
    My blog is: http://journeyj2911.blogspot.com

    I'm currently serving in Lagos Nigeria.

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  46. Christina, Ciudad Juarez Mexico, roamingrobbins-3@yahoo.com
    Great idea!!!

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  47. Carli in Krakow, Poland at ckgaskill at gmail dot com. Fun!

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  48. Jamie, Washington DC, jamie@highheeledtraveler.com, my blog is www.highheeledtraveler.com looking forward to this!!

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  49. Carrie, Dhaka Bangladesh
    readcarrie@hotmail.com

    www.scalingbackandmovingon.blogspot.com

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  50. Great idea. Thank you for organizing. I would love to participate. Jennifer, Cambodia, jenniferldenton@yahoo.com

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  51. Rachna, Riyadh, rachnak@yahoo.com

    awesome idea!

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  52. Ah, crap, decided to sign up, hopefully pregnancy brain doesn't get the best of me! But I may win gifts too? Yay!

    Carla creinisch@gmail.com in Manila!

    Blogging from http://carlarunstheworld.com

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  53. Marcy, Reykjavik, Iceland marcysbrown@ yahoo. com

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  54. Shauna, Tirana, Albania swhalen@gmail.com Sounds fun!
    sswhalen.blogspot.com

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  55. Great idea! Paige, Guangzhou, paigehamiltonellis@gmail.com, benandpaige.wordpress.com

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  56. Erica in Kampala, Uganda. ericacolton@gmail.com
    Blog: http://www.travelpod.com/members/saundersfamily

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