We just got Nate’s bid list, which is the list of all the potential places we could be sent. There are lots of people in the class, so there are lots of places on the list. It’s a little overwhelming.
We can’t share exactly what’s on the list, so I won’t go into specifics. However, I will say this: there are very few places on the list that would truly suck. Some would be downright awesome, and others would be interesting (in a “that’s interesting…” way). Our major deciding factors are safety and whether or not we could bring Athena, who is a mutt of unspecified geneology.
Ultimately where we (or Nate) go will be determined by the State Department’s needs. He is, after all, worldwide available. Maybe this whole process is just a way of convincing ourselves that we have more say in the location of our first post than we actually do. Who knows? We won’t find out until August 1, which can’t get here soon enough!