We will be posted to Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan in June of 2012. In preparation for Brandon's Pol/Econ job, we'll be spending ten months back in DC so that Brandon can learn Azeri, a very useful language that we'll have the opportunity to utilize for many more posts to come.
When we put together our bid list, it was rearranged several times due to positions closing and timing constraints and somehow Baku ended up as our third choice, preceded by Tashkent and Tallin. Brandon and I were both excited about Tashkent and Tallin looked interesting (although cold), but neither of us invested much in Baku. My main associations with Baku were the BTC pipeline, James Bond, and major industrial pollution.
So when we were assigned to Baku, I was very surprised but somehow I suspected we would end up being sent to the one place neither of us cared that much about. After some researching and blog-stalking, however, I've gotten if not excited, at least anticipatory about the change. We have a fairly good chance to have a house, and Brandon is especially looking forward to snow and mountains.
Regardless of our feelings, that's where we will be living for two years because that's what the Foreign Service requires. And I suppose one reason is as good as another.