The Fulbright is bringing so many unexpected experiences, including the reception on Thursday 1 July at the Residence of the US Ambasssador in Canberra,to celebrate the anniversary of American Independence. About 900 hundred guests, a ‘formal festive’ garden party with a California Dreamin’ theme. (Ambassador Bleich’s home state is CA). There were old chevies, dodges, kombis, waitresses in 60s hippie gear, baseball, Hollywood (I had my photo taken with a Terminator cut-out), Californian wine & grapes, and lots of finger food. Life-size cut-outs of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama waving to us from the balcony. Activities for the embassy staff’s children – face painting, jumping castle etc. Great to catch up with 4 of my Fulbright cohort and Dr Joe Hlubucek, Executive Director of the Australian- American Fulbright Commission.
|Ambassador Bleich and Family|
|Mattew Lee, Elizabeth Jens, me, Dr Joe Hlubucek, |
Mark Harris, Krista Clews de Castella