Burn Bag: US Embassy Madrid’s Wise Use of Taxpayer Funded Employee Time?

Via Burn Bag:

“Last year and the year before, Embassy Madrid hosted the biggest (or one of the biggest) July 4th celebration with roughly 4,000 guests.  Plans for this year call for a bigger celebration.  Wise use of taxpayer funded employee time?”

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Happy 2016! New Year Wishes Around the Foreign Service (Videos)

Posted: 7:08 pm EDT

 

U.S. Embassy Bangkok continues its creative streak. See post’s … it’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s superm …. it’s a drone moment! With embassy staff and Ambassador Glyn Davies.

 

Here is U.S. Embassy Islamabad‘s happy 2016 video. These folks’ smiles are contagious, aren’t they? Naya Saal Mubarak!

 

Ambassador Joan Polaschik and her staff at U.S. Embassy Algiers say they look forward to the year ahead, and hope that it will be filled with peace, prosperity and more opportunities to strengthen the ties between the two countries.

 

Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun from U.S. Embassy Ankara with a message from Ambassador John Bass. The video has annotations added for viewers to learn more about embassy programs done in 2015.

 

U.S. Embassy The Hague with Ambassador Timothy Broas on the highlights from 2015. They said it was another great year for U.S. – Dutch cooperation and they look forward to what 2016 will bring.

 

U.S. Embassy San Jose with Ambassador with S. Fitzgerald Haney with a year in review in Costa Rica.

 

Happy New Year from the U.S. Embassy Paramaribo! This is Ambassador Nolan’s first time lighting a pagara. Enjoy!

 

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Happy Holidays — go wild with these photos for your desktop!

Posted: 3:43 am EDT

 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone who celebrates the season! Sending warm thoughts and good wishes to our readers, blog friends, and Foreign Service personnel and their families serving here and around the world.  May your holidays be quiet and peaceful; and may the universe keep you safe wherever you are!

To those who wrote to check on us, thank you for your thoughts. The blog is good for a couple more months. We’ll save the update after the holidays.

The photos below are desktop wallpapers.  The whale photos are from the US Embassy in New Zealand. They are of humpback whales taken just offshore from Rarotonga. If you want to check out the rest, click here. There are also selected photos below from US Embassy Nepal, US Embassy Chile, and photos from Alaska and Arizona via the IIP Photo Archive. To download the photos as wallpaper for your computer, right click on the photo, then “save image as”…. on your computer.

Wishing you all the gifts of the season — Peace, Joy, Hope!

♥️ D

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Humpback whale just offshore from Rarotonga. Photo from US Embassy New Zealand/Flickr

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Humpback whale just offshore from Rarotonga.  Photo from US Embassy New Zealand/Flickr

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Upper Mustang formerly Kingdom of Lo, a remote and isolated region of the Nepalese Himalayas. Via US Embassy Nepal/Flickr

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Lovejoy Comet over Andacollo, captured by the Las Campanas Observatory. Via US Embassy Chile/Flickr

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Alaska autumn Sunrise at Pilgrim Hot Springs outside of Nome, Alaska. Photo by U.S. Department of Energy / CPike, Alaska Center for Energy and Power (ACEP). Via IIP Photo Archive

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Dark Sky Park at night | The Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in Arizona is a vast remote landscape where the only nighttime light comes from the stars. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Managment (BLM). Via IIP Photo Archive

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Holiday Greetings From U.S. Embassies and Consulates Around the World – 2015

Posted: 12:58 am EDT
Updated: 12/23/15 @ 10:31 pm PDT
Updated 8:34 pm PDT

 

For the rest of the holiday videos from U.S. embassies and consulates, please check out those from US Embassy Phnom PenhUS Embassy BishkekUS Embassy RomeUS Consulate General NaplesUS Consulate General Jerusalem, and US Embassy Helsinki.

U.S. Embassy Podgorica

 

U.S. Embassy Seoul

 

U.S. Embassy Vienna

 

U.S. Embassy Oslo

 

USCG Mumbai

 

U.S. Embassy Jakarta

 

U.S. Embassy Prague

 

U.S. Embassy Port Moresby

 

Happy Holidays From USAID

 

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Best Holiday Hits From the British Consulate General in New York (Videos)

Posted: 2:49 pm EDT

 

These are fantastic productions! The videos are not focused on a principal officer or a couple but includes the mission staffers, who all look like they’re having  a great time.  Perhaps more importantly, the videos are used not just to send holiday greetings but also as a reminder of accomplishments throughout the year. In at least three of them, the videos were also use to plug a charity; for instance, in 2012, to support the victims of Superstorm Sandy.  There is purpose beyond just having a video out there, and they’re all creative and inspired!

 

Published on Dec 21, 2015

The British Consulate General in New York wishes you a very happy holiday season and a GREAT 2016. We hope you enjoy this affectionate tribute to Adele’s “Hello”. The video is dedicated to the memory of our colleague and friend Stephanie Ruley. We hope you will consider making a donation to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation at http://www.youcaring.com/stephandholly

 

Published on Dec 19, 2014

The British Consulate in New York wishes you a very happy holiday season and a GREAT 2015. This adaptation of “Christmas Don’t Be Late” celebrates everything we’ve done this year with our wonderful partners and friends.

 

Published on Dec 17, 2013

The British Consulate General New York remakes the music video for Wham!’s “Last Christmas”. If you enjoyed this video, please consider a donation to the Red Cross. http://www.redcross.org/ny/new-york/
Watch the original here to compare: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E8gmAR…

 

Published on Dec 7, 2012

If you enjoyed this video, please consider a donation to the American Red Cross to support victims of Superstorm Sandy: http://www.nyredcross.org/

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@StateDept’s 2015 Unaccompanied Tour Holiday Family Reception

Posted: 12:49 am EDT

Via state.gov:

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry poses for a photo with the families of U.S. government employees on assignment at unaccompanied posts around the world, who endure long periods of separation from their loved ones, even at the holidays, at the annual Unaccompanied Tour Holiday Family Reception at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on December 16, 2015. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry poses for a photo with the families of U.S. government employees on assignment at unaccompanied posts around the world, who endure long periods of separation from their loved ones, even at the holidays, at the annual Unaccompanied Tour Holiday Family Reception at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on December 16, 2015. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Related item:

12/16/15  Remarks at the Unaccompanied Tour Holiday Family Reception;  Secretary of State John Kerry; Washington, DC

 

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Photo of the Day: Ambassador Verma at the Golden Temple

Posted: 12:15 am EDT

 

Via US Embassy New Delhi/FB:

“ਗੁਰਪੁਰਬ ਦੀਆਂ ਲੱਖ-ਲੱਖ ਵਧਾਈਆਂ I Gurupurab diyaan lakh-lakh wdaayiaan! A very happy #GuruNanakJayanti.”

 

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That’s US Ambassador to India Richard Verma paying his respects at the Golden Temple back in May during his Punjab visit.    Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Guru Nanak, the founder of the Sikh religion. It is the biggest festival among Sikhs all over the world and usually falls in October or November. This year, the Indian holiday was celebrated on November 25.

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Tweet of the Day: Lighting Up the Christmas Tree in Seoul

Posted: 12:52 am EDT

 

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American Embassies and Consulates Around the World Celebrate Thanksgiving Day

Posted: 2:35 pm EDT

 

 🍗 Happy Thanksgiving Day everyone!   Thank you for your continued support this year. I am grateful for your making this blog a part of your day. To our champions, I am here because you were there for me. I am grateful for your unending encouragement. Thank you all for making this year possible!

Below is a round-up of Thanksgiving Day celebrations around the Foreign Service. Giving thanks to the men and women representing America at our diplomatic missions around the world. They have in the past, served meals at community centers, served meals to local embassy and consulate staffers, hosted Peace Corps volunteers away from their homes, and more than a few have cooked/brought meals to Americans incarcerated overseas during the Thanksgiving holidays.  — D

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US Embassy Wellington, New Zealand

Ambassador Mark Gilbert and staff hosted the traditional Thanksgiving dinner at the Downtown Community Ministry in Wellington.

 

US Consulate General Mumbai

 

US Embassy Madrid, Spain

 

US Embassy Panama, Panama

 

US Embassy Singapore

Ambassador Kirk Wagar with embassy staffers served dinner to more than a hundred elderly guests at the AWWA Senior Community Home in the city.

 

US Embassy Prague, Czech Republic

 

US Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

American diplomats served typical Thanksgiving dishes to their media colleagues in Jakarta.

 

US Embassy Berlin, Germany

US Embassy Muscat, Oman

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US Embassy Ankara, Turkey

DCM and Mrs. Larry Mandel served the traditional Thanksgiving meal to embassy employees at the cafeteria in Ankara.

 

US Consulate General Istanbul, Turkey

Consul General Chuck Hunter and American colleagues cooked and served a Thanksgiving luncheon to the staff at the Consulate cafeteria in Istanbul.

U.S. Embassy Bangkok, Thailand

Ambassador Glyn T. Davies hosted 41 Peace Corps volunteers for Thanksgiving.  Bravo!

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Related posts:

Ninety-Five Years Ago, We Tried to Export American Thanksgiving Day Around The World

Thanksgiving Day 2012: Foreign Service Roundup

Thanksgiving Day 2011: Foreign Service Roundup

Thanksgiving Roundup: Around the Foreign Service

Happy 240th Birthday @USMC!

Posted: 2:23 am EDT

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