US Embassy London: First and Second Tour (FAST) Officers Get Face Time With Secretary Kerry

Posted: 2:03 am EDT

Via state.gov:

Secretary Kerry Meets With First- and Second-Tour State Department Employees During Visit to Embassy London U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Matthew Barzun, meets with State Department employees on their first and second tours abroad during a visit to the U.S. Embassy in London, U.K., on December 14, 2015. [State Department Photo/Public Domain]

Secretary Kerry Meets With First- and Second-Tour State Department Employees During Visit to Embassy London
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom Matthew Barzun, meets with State Department employees on their first and second tours abroad during a visit to the U.S. Embassy in London, U.K., on December 14, 2015. [State Department Photo/Public Domain]

Photo of the Day: Bottled Water and Pizza in Vienna

Posted: 4:35 pm EDT

Via state.gov:

Secretary Kerry sits with State Department Chief of Staff Finer in Austria While Conducting Negotiations on Implementation of Plan Controlling Iran's Nuclear Program U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with State Department Chief of Staff Jon Finer at the Palais Coburg Hotel in Vienna, Austria, on January 16, 2015, as they conduct final negotiations before the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action outlining the shape of Iran's nuclear program.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sits with State Department Chief of Staff Jon Finer at the Palais Coburg Hotel in Vienna, Austria, on January 16, 2015, as they conduct final negotiations before the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action outlining the shape of Iran’s nuclear program.

 

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Secretary Kerry Swears-In U.S. Ambassador to Malta Kathleen Hill

Posted: 12:45 am EDT

 

Via state.gov/Flickr:

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Secretary Kerry Swears-In U.S. Ambassador to Malta Kathleen Hill U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry swears-in U.S. Ambassador to Malta Kathleen Hill, at the U.S. Department of State, in Washington, D.C. on January 13, 2015. [State Department Photo/Public Domain]

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HAK Visits Foggy Bottom, Anyone Asks About His Suit or Dinner?

Posted: 12:23 am EDT

 

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger for dinner at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. on January 11, 2015. [State Department Photo/Public Domain]

 

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Photo of the Day: Ambassador Barzun Visits Global Entry Sign-Up Booth at Google UK

Posted: 12:02 pm EDT

 

Via US Embassy London/FB:

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Ambassador Barzun visits the Global Entry Sign-Up Booth at Google UK

Global Entry is a U.S. Customs and Border Protection program that allows expedited clearance for pre-approved, low-risk travelers upon arrival in the U.S. Members can enter the country through the automatic kiosks at airports. Membership also includes TSA Pre✓® which provides trusted travelers with expedited security screening so travelers do not need to remove shoes, laptops, liquids, belts and light jackets. More details can be found here.

 

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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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Photo of the Day: New Embassy London Topping Out Ceremony

Posted: 1:32 am EDT

 

Via US Embassy London:

On December 8, the U.S. Embassy in London held a “topping out” ceremony with the Stars and Stripes flying on the roof of the new Embassy undergoing construction at Nine Elms. The building has now reached its full height.  More photos here.

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New US Embassy Topping Out Ceremony Via US Embassy London/Flickr

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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]

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

 

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