I was listening to a dialogue/interview on the radio about a researcher in Africa, and she used an expression similar to:
I have been in country for around three months now, and in that time...
It sounded like a deliberate expression, not that she missed or omitted the word "the" before "country".
Of course, there is an obvious face-value meaning, such as "staying in the country", but it also seems to carry some other kind of connotation I can't express.
Am I over-analyzing this, or is there a meaning/connotation beyond the obvious?