August 12, 2020

When diplomacy and fine arts meet

By Alexandra Paucescu. The first thing you notice at Paloma is her warm smile. She is kind and full of life, with a graceful attitude and colourful clothes. She has that air of a fulfilled woman, confident in herself and who knows well who she is and how much she is worth. I’ve met her first at a farewell party for a fellow diplomatic spouse, as we are all called, placed into a category that  tends to uniform us under a generic name, often lacking any deep personal identity enquiry. Born in beautiful Spanish town of Salamanca, Paloma Muñoz de la Fuente is so…

Just a diplomatic spouse

By Alexandra Paucescu. When it comes to trailing diplomatic spouses, as we are most often called, it seems there are quite a lot of clichés, inspired of course also by decades of Hollywood glamour. Most movies still picture us, the life partners of Foreign Office servants, as ever smiling, glamourous women, an epitome of elegance and grace, perfect housewives, polite hosts, raising perfect children, drinking cocktails at sophisticated parties every night… ‘la dolce vita’! Indeed, looking from outside it is definitely a privileged life. You get to see the world, meet lots of interesting and powerful people, and have lifetime experiences. You…