Thursday, February 28, 2013
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Last Friday, I attended a gathering of Arctic Ambassadors hosted by Iceland’s Senior Arctic Official (SAO) Ambassador Hjalmar Hannesson. We exchanged notes about our respective preparations for the upcoming Ministerial in Kiruna, Sweden. These discussions are part and parcel of deepening cooperation among members of the Arctic Council. The meeting was also an opportunity to say goodbye to our good friend and colleague Ambassador Hannesson who will become Iceland’s Consul General in the Iceland of the West (Winnipeg, Canada). Hjalmar has been a good friend of the United States and the Arctic. He will be missed.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
I was invited to attend the English Speaking Union’s annual public speaking competition which was held at Reykjavik University. The contestants were a group of outstanding Icelandic students from High School level and above. They were quite impressive and I know the judges had a very hard time picking the winner. The next stage of the competition will take the winner, Emily Ward, to London for the grand prize competition.
Monday, February 25, 2013
We welcomed a group of students from the University of Iceland. They are majoring in Spanish and it gave me an opportunity to test their skills and practice mine. The group was diverse and I thoroughly enjoyed talking with them. I was impressed by their skill level. We used the opportunity to encourage them to consider advancing their education in the United States, as well as to talk to them about the strength of U.S.-Icelandic relations.
Monday, February 11, 2013
Friday, February 8, 2013
Monday, February 4, 2013
Friday, February 1, 2013
We partnered with SkjárEinn, cable television provider of the show, and Bíó Paradís to put together this event for a group of young Icelandic zombies. We even provided prizes and awards for the most authentic zombie participants. This is a new type of diplomacy.