When Sunday Times fashion journalist Brigid Keenan married the love of her life in the late '60s, little idea did she have of the roller-coaster journey they would make around the world together - with most things going horribly awry while being obliged to keep the straightest faces and put their best feet forward. For he was a diplomat - and Brigid found herself the smiling face of the European Union in locales ranging from Kazakhstan to Trinidad. Finding herself miserable for the first time in a career into which many would have long ago thrown the towel, she found herself asking (during a farewell party for the Papal Nuncio): was it worth it?
As this stream of it-really-happened-to-me stories shows, it most certainly was - if only for our vicarious bewilderment at how exactly you throw a buffet dinner during a public mourning period in Syria, remain viable as a fashion journalist when taste-wise you are three seasons out of it and geographically a world away, make people believe that there are actually terrible things going on in paradise, be a good mother and save some of the finest architecture in Damascus and Brussels from demolition - seemingly all simultaneously.
Everybody's life is full of happenings, this book tells it beautifully.
Gives good insight in to lives of people with travelling careers.
Lot of people these days travel around the globe or even multiple places within their own countries and will be able to relate their experiences with those of Brigid Keenan.
This audiobook grabbed my attention, so much so that I found it hard to have a break! Brigid Keenan's journalist skills are evident in her delightful descriptions and hilarious reminisces of her life as an ambassador's wife. I have been so impressed that I have purchased two of her other books. Jane Copland's voice is clear and brings out the drama beautifully and enhances the experiences of this book.
I can highly recommend this book to those who have travelled, wish to travel and to those who have lived in countries with an entirely different culture from their own.