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November 16th, 2014:

Marine Ball

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Last night was the Marine Ball. It’s an annual celebration that marks the founding of the Marine Corps. Marines are stationed at many embassies and consulates, so the ball is a big social event for the Foreign Service. The Marine detachment in Shenyang is new, they’ve been here for less than one year, so this was the first ball in Shenyang.

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It’s a formal event, and I regretted not having a tuxedo. I will definitely need to invest in one for next year’s ball. The LE Staff really went all out!

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The evening consisted of a ceremony marking the history of the Marines, then dinner and dancing. It was a fancy evening and I’m looking forward to next year already.

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The wine was flowing a little too freely.

The wine was flowing a little too freely.