Sunday, September 23, 2007

Tour the Normandy....

The crew of the Normandy generously offered the opportunity for Embassy folk to tour the ship. Impressive!

USS Normandy, Part II

Attended a great reception on the flight deck. Fun crowd, good music, and spinach ceaser wraps! Nice to meet some of the folks on board and mingle with our contacts!

Friday, September 21, 2007

Welcome U.S.S. Normandy!

The U.S.S. Normandy pulled into port today -- what a wonderful sight. It's a gorgeous day -- sunny and bright. The police band was there and it was goosebumps stuff! We're involved in a number of activities with the ship over the next 4 days so stay tuned. It's certainly an honor to be able to work with these men and women who are serving their country in such a far-away place. (Wait --isn't that us, too?!). At any rate, looking forward to spending quite a bit of time on board and hosting some of the sailors at our home this weekend.

Here's a view from the bridge of the city of Port Louis -- the Embassy is located straight ahead in a non-descript office building.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Liam's First Day of School

Liam rejoined Martine'colette for his second year of preschool. He's in the big kids' class now -- but will be joining familiar classmates from last year. He was very shy at first but soon warmed up when he saw old friends and new toys!

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Another one bites the dust...

Margaret, Wendy, Sebastian, Suvi

Sebastian, Margaret, Kevn, ????

'Tis the season in this biz where folks come and go. I'm not sure we EVER really get used to losing and making friends at such a rapid pace -- but we end up knowing a heck of a lot of people all over the world so that's the upside. Our buddy Margaret just left -- on to bigger and better things in Beijing! (Just in time for the Olympics etc. -- if you lose your passport, she's the one to know!). Margaret was a great friend and colleague and her (near) constant smile kept us going on many a day! She was our social sponsor when we arrived, hosting a welcome brunch, so it was fitting for us to host her farewell brunch.

Karen, Roger, Liam

Amb, Virginia, Steve, Mitch, Ian, Bill, Steve