Iguanas on My Roof

Funny, Sad, and Scary Overseas Adventures of a Foreign Service Family in Third-World Countries during the Vietnam War and Watergate Era

by Nancy Stone



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 1/30/2014

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 182
ISBN : 9781490823232
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 182
ISBN : 9781490823218
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 182
ISBN : 9781490823225

About the Book

Did you ever wonder what was foreign about the Foreign Service? Neither did I—until I began to live it. This is my story as a Foreign Service wife and mother of five. My husband's job with USAID was to improve conditions in underdeveloped countries where there was war or disaster during the Vietnam War Era. My job was to follow him to the Philippines, Vietnam, Nigeria, Washington DC, and Nicaragua. We touched another thirteen countries. There is humor in the cultural challenges and danger where guerillas terrorized the highways. It is also a peek into the world of diplomacy and embassy life.

•My Spanish caused the cook to serve sandwiches of lettuce, tomatoes, and roast beef nestled in gooey peanut butter and jelly at my spur-of-the-moment lunch for the government Ministers.

•Our school bus was an Embassy station wagon with a driver, a guard, and a loaded M2 carbine rifle.

•The kitchen stove on our vacation was a circle of rocks on the beach.

•Managua was over six-hundred square blocks of rubble, ashes, and barbed wire when we arrived.

About the Author

Nancy Stone lived a challenging eight years in developing countries. Back in the United States, she founded a bookkeeping service which led to a second career as Vice President of Operations in a business data disaster-recovery company. She and her husband are retired and living in New Mexico.