First 30 days

It’s been just over 4 weeks since Lauren, Sam and I arrived in Prague. It’s been an absolute whirlwind and only in the last few days have I started to feel a bit settled in.

The Credentialing ceremony took place a few weeks after my arrival — and something I will never forget. At the ceremony, I presented my credentials from President Biden to the Czech President Zeman. As I paid my respects to their military commander, their band played the Star Spangled Banner in the courtyard at the Castle. I get goosebumps just thinking about it.

Prague Castle, February 15, 2023 / photographer: Hana Brožková

The history of this country and the success of democracy is remarkable and inspiring. For those not familiar, I highly suggest A Prague Winter by Madeline Albright. The residence we are living in is owned by the US Government and has its own compelling story. For a history on this residence, the iconic book is The Last Palace written by Norm Eisen, former US Ambassador to the Czech Republic.

I’ve been so touched by the warm welcome since our arrival. We have been met with so much kindness by Czech people, members of the government and other diplomatic families. And they deeply love dogs here — so Sam is loving it too. The city of Prague is gorgeous. It’s been wonderful to explore the country on weekends. But I’ll save those explorations for a future post.

It’s an honor of a lifetime to represent the United States here in the Czech Republic. I’m so proud to work with my colleagues at US embassy Prague. They are extraordinary people doing such extraordinary work.

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