Than Thoot Karen the blog of the US Ambassador Karen Stewart is soon to end as Karen makes her exit. Embassy personnel are typically rotated out to a different posting every 3 years.
To say I'll miss Ms Stewart's posting is an understatement. More than any other US official ever posted to Laos Ms. Stewart showed followers of her blog a much more personal and genuine view of an American official. Not afraid to be herself, Ms Stewart whether doing the ball toss game at Hmong New Year or singing rap at a large Vientiane concert showed one of the sides of the American character I'm perhaps most proud of, the ability to be friendly and uninhibited no matter what our position or calling in life.
Good Luck Ambassador Stewart and thank you so much for your service to your country.