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July 8, 2011

Dear all,

This week has certainly been filled with lots of emotion as our Consul General Vincent Carver prepares to leave European soil and fly to his next destination – as we have all tremendously enjoyed working with him.  For those of you who eventually plan to become career diplomats, just  keep in mind that this career choice entails many “au revoirs” and welcoming, which is obviously also very exciting and allows to discover many new cultures and places. 

From what I hear from one of my colleagues, Mr. Carver’s last session at the Council of Europe was loaded with good humor as he bid farewell to his colleagues!

 As for us others, who remain in Strasbourg after Mr. Carver’s departure, we just enjoy the (mostly) sunny summer weather and try to make the most of it.  Although, I have to admit that the weather conditions are currently extremely peculiar.  One of my colleagues and I were walking to the City Hall on Thursday – and the weather was just fine when we left – but obviously we ended up getting soaked and arrived at the reception at city hall looking somewhat less “formal”.

I would like to thank the city of Strasbourg and the Alsace-Etats-Unis association at this point for their continuous efforts in furthering French-U.S. relations.  A new convention was just signed between the schools of dental medicine at Tufts University in Boston and the University of Strasbourg.  The partnership between the two cities is very much alive and vigorous.  It is also a real pleasure to note that such conventions can be signed between our two countries that have extremely different practices in teaching dental medicine or medicine altogether.  Thus, the old saying “when there’s a will, there’s a way” seems to be very much true indeed. 

 Strasbourg is setting into a vacation mode with lots of festivals, cultural activities and others going on.  I would have loved to hear George Benson sing at the Strasbourg Jazz Festival  – me being an old-time groupie and all.  Apparently he did a great job with Nothing’s gonna change my love for you and Somewhere, beyond the sea etc.  This city has amazing things to offer and I truly enjoy being here.

I wish you all a very pleasant continuation of summer and do consult our Facebook and blog.  There are among others some really nice pictures of our 4th of July celebration.

Cheers

Tiina Bieber

Public Affairs,  U.S. Consulate General Strasbourg

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