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They also tend to be bright, interesting people with positive attitudes toward Americans, and many deep friendships, romances and marriages have developed between them and the American officers they work with.
Another excellent way to meet local people is to sign up for classes, interest groups and so forth (an art class, exercise group, hiking club, etc.) in the local community, if such things exist.
The truth is that life as a Foreign Service spouse can be very frustrating, but for a bold, unconventional few, it can also be fascinating and satisfying.
Not everyone craves a high-powered government career.
One bright spot is that a large proportion of both the meddling busybodies and unpleasant former dates will transfer out of the country each year, giving you the opportunity for a fresh start.
Now, all of what I’ve said so far applies pretty much equally to males and females.
However, as I said, you only need one true love — and you may very well find him at a tiny hardship post, as you canoe together down an unexplored river in a deep rain forest.