I recently received an update request from Kenneth Lisenbee, Webmaster for the official Paul Bowles site, Paulbowles.org that was authorized and established by the literary and musical descendants of his estate and also for Jane Bowles. Thor Kuniholm, the director of the Tangier American Legation Museum in Morocco is requesting that my first article "The Foreign Service, Journal Entry Morocco," be changed to reflect how to access the Legation Museum's official URL. The URL is listed below. This is no longer the official website the old link has been causing "Google Alert" issues. If you're still unsure of what people in foreign service earn a living doing, I'll repeat some snapshots from my original Morocco journal. Like I said earlier the overseas assignments are available in different colors, including black for hellholes such as Iraq and Afghanistan, pink to represent paradise, and off-white to signify boring. Each week , embassy staffers rotate between duty officer. That means being available 24/7 for emergencies-similar to as firemen. It's usually nothing, or it's an off-white day or weekend. If something happens to you and it gets darker, the hues become intriguing. An email at 2 early in the day from the Marine Security Guard in Rabat sent me scrambling down into the jail in my neighborhood with jeans and sweater hastily yanked on over my nightwear, hair a mess. I was told that Moroccan police were detained by the 18-year old American who had tried to sneak hashish onto an plane. The worst part was that the passport he was carrying had been stolen. Since most travelers do not enjoy diplomatic immunity, the unfortunate man sat in the shadows for months until we were able to get him released. Today , there are criminals and terrorists who will do you harm to get an American passport, so it's wise to keep it safely in your travels. Visit:- https://dario-item.com/ Jaren Stone had been a recently hired Junior Officer who was working at the embassy. He was summonedafter a few hours at the Hilton Hotel. Unexperienced, but creative, He contacted an health official from the embassy. The two managed to convince the panic-stricken hotel's manager that an American man lying upon the ground in room 808 in the Rabat Hilton had died of stroke and not from the Black Death. Jaren's French and Arabic aid in calming the panic but not until that manager had quarantined the entire hotel, including that of the dead wife of the man who was distraught. The following day Jaren admitted that to me "Back in Washington I hated my language instructor. In the moment, I'd love to like to kiss him with my ring." A consular officer handles American citizen concerns, as well as the disposal of dead bodies , as well as the issuance of passports and visas. What's the difference between an embassy and a consulate? We're glad you asked. First of all, embassies are in capital cities , with ambassadors at the helm. Instead of CEOs they're Chiefs of Mission. They have the responsibility of Secretary of State and operate at the discretion of the President. Consulates and Consulates are in other cities, under the direction of a ConsulGeneral. The President is the one who appoints the principal officers; a few hold the rank of career officer in the Senior Foreign Service. The situation may vary, but certain American embassies like Baghdad, Paris or London have hundreds to thousands of staff, while smaller embassies like Lithuania or Luxembourg have fewer staff. Once upon a time there existed an entity called a legation. Confused? Fahgetaboutit. Imagine of romance as: Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Arabs; writers Paul Bowles and painter Henri Matisse. An ideal place for artists and writers. Tangier, Morocco was probably one of among the State Department legations before the American diplomatic presence in that Bohemian city was relocated out of the old walled quarter to the new town where it was eventually closed. The close bond with Morocco and the United States goes way back. The old colony in the heart of Tangier's medina was given for the United States from the Sultan of Morocco in 1821. In the 1970s , from the top of the building, I remember enjoying the view of the Strait of Gibraltar and the RIF Mountains. As the medieval cobblestone streets below, the air was filled with the fragrant fragrance of Moroccan cuisine that is that was to die for. Its original construction (restored) is now an American museum and cultural center in the clamor of merchants, donkeys, artists, and expatriates of all kinds. It is awe-inspiring with its stunning Moorish structures that surround the distinctive inner courtyardthat is completely open to the sky. it is home to an amazing collection of 17th to 20th century art-an American jewel to the crown of this North African Kingdom. In December and January, winter skiing within the Atlas Mountains, one hour from the tranquility of Marrakesh isn't a hassle also. One of the benefits of working in paradise. Color me pink!