Below are some of our favorite photos of 2011, in no particular order. The photos are available through Flickr, FB, and the occasional ambo blogs.
How high can you jump, Mr. Ambassador?
|US Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Matt Bryza jumping over a bonfire|
during the celebration of Novruz Bayram
Photo from US Embassy Baku/Flickr
Pancake Special with Lochman Smile
General in Calgary memorialized the
tragic events of September 11, 2001. |
Consul General Lochman serves pancakes to first responders and CF personnel
Via US Consulate General Calgary/Flickr
A moment in time in Laos
|Ambassador to Laos Karen Stewart during her visit to|
Phalak, a village of mostly Hmong people who returned to Laos from Thailand
Photo from Than Thoot Karen!
Can you say run in Cambodian?
|A U.S. Marine plays a game with children during a community service project at |
the Help the Cambodian Children Goodwill Center.
Photo from US Embassy Cambodia/FB
It's a boat! It's a plane! It's Kristie Kenney!
|U.S. Ambassador to Thailand Kristie Kenney during|
the most recent Thailand floods
Photo via US Embassy Bangkok/FB
photo of Ambassador Kenney as she parachutes over the central
region of Lopburi with a military instructor after jumping from a Thai military helicopter
Is that really what you want?
|U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro and his daughter Merav on a shopping tour for the four |
species and decorations for their Sukka in Rabin Square, Tel Aviv.
Photo from US Embassy Tel Aviv/Flickr
Is this man going to give me the gift or what?
|Consul General (CG) Karachi Bill Martin
visits flood victims at a relief camp
and a goods |
distribution site in the hardest-hit area of Tando Allahyar on October 26, 2011.
Photo from US ConGen Karachi/Flickr
Force of nature
|Taken during the US response to the Christchurch
Photo from US Embassy NZ/Flickr
Getting ready for the big day
|Ambassador and Mrs. Mark Brzezinski just prior to his |
presentation of credentials to His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf
of Sweden on November 24, 2011
Photo from US Embassy Sweden/Flickr
Four monks and the cherry trees
|Four Buddhist monks, who live in North Carolina, photograph each other
among the cherry trees in Washington, D.C. The men are originally from Thailand
Photo from US Embassy Tokyo/Flickr
Do they make them that young now?
|Boy in uniform during Ambassador Gene Cretz|
visit to Misurata, Libya
Photo via state.gov/Flickr
Just between us, are we ever leaving Afghanistan?
|Grover (Kajkoal) welcomes U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker to the French
Cultural Center |
for the launch event of the Baghch-e-SimSim on Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Photo from US Embassy Kabul/Flickr
To Diplopundit's friends and readers, may your holidays be merry and filled with joy in the company of loved ones and good friends. Our thoughts and good wishes also go to our men and women in uniform who are still in Afghanistan, and our Foreign Service personnel in high stress/high threat/unaccompanied posts around the world.