Hi! My name is Kathryn and I live in Windhoek, Namibia with my husband, Nate, and our son, M.
In May 2015 we packed up our worldly belongings, including our lovable bossy dog Athena (who we adopted in 2010), and moved to our first post with the Foreign Service: Dhaka, Bangladesh. M and I lived in Dhaka until July 2016, when we were evacuated out following a terrorist attack. Nate finished up his Dhaka tour in May 2017, and we moved to Muscat, Oman in August 2017. We finished an incredible two years in Oman in July 2019 and we arrived in Windhoek, Namibia in September 2019.
When we left Muscat, we left Athena at a kennel rather than taking her back to the US since the travel would have been difficult on her and we were only going back for seven weeks. Sadly, five days before she was supposed to travel to Windhoek, she died in an electrical fire at the kennel.
In February 2020 we adopted Artemis, AKA Artie, a sweet collie mix from the Windhoek SPCA.
I created this blog initially to keep our family and friends updated on our adventures around the world, and as a personal journal-of-sorts to document our lives during this time. At this point it’s also morphed into a travel resource, with the aim of helping and encouraging others to explore some really great places off the beaten path. I hope that According to Athena is a helpful and humorous resource for fellow travelers and those joining/thinking about joining the Foreign Service, especially those with dogs! Thanks for reading!