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A blog about the work of the British Embassy in Guatemala

21st March 2017 Guatemala City

Thomas Carter

by Thomas Carter

British Ambassador to Guatemala

A trek to the lost Mayan city of El Mirador, Part 2

The next morning we were woken before dawn by the roaring of Howler Monkeys in the trees.  We set out early for La Danta.  Passing various excavations on the way, at one point our guide removed a tarpaulin to show us something of archaeological interest but all we could see were squirming snakes, tarantulas and […]

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14th March 2017 Guatemala City

Thomas Carter

by Thomas Carter

British Ambassador to Guatemala

A trek to the lost Mayan city of El Mirador, Part 1

Three years ago, when I first heard I was being posted to Guatemala, I spotted in the guide books a mention of a ruined Mayan city deep in the jungle which was only accessible by walking for five days there and back.  I instantly decided I had to go there.  And finally, last month, I […]

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6th February 2017 Guatemala City

Thomas Carter

by Thomas Carter

British Ambassador to Guatemala

Regional Consular Conference

It is always an enormous pleasure to go to Antigua.  It’s only an hour (in reasonable traffic, that is!) from Guatemala City, but it is like being in a different world, with its beautiful colonial buildings, churches and cobbled streets, its bars, restaurants and language schools, and its relaxed pace of life.   A couple of […]

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15th November 2016 Guatemala City

Thomas Carter

by Thomas Carter

British Ambassador to Guatemala

Supporting children in Guatemala

This week I visited a British NGO working in Guatemala City with children who live on the streets. Street Kids Direct ( www.streetkidsdirect.org.uk ) is a British-run organisation which offers a ray of hope to children who live in the markets and on the streets around Guatemala City’s main bus station, known as “La Terminal”.  […]

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29th September 2016 Guatemala City

Thomas Carter

by Thomas Carter

British Ambassador to Guatemala

Travels in Guatemala, Part 2

Tikal As offered, this is the second part of the blog about the adventures we had on holidays in Guatemala, hope you enjoy! The following day we drove up through Flores (a really delightful town on its compact little island in lake Peten Itza) and on to Tikal.  Tikal is the jewel of all Mayan […]

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22nd September 2016 Guatemala City

Thomas Carter

by Thomas Carter

British Ambassador to Guatemala

Travel through Guatemala

Guatemala is blessed with a huge diversity of tourist sites.  Best known are the charming Spanish-colonial city of Antigua, the stunning Mayan ruins of Tikal, and the beautiful volcano-ringed lake of Atitlan.  But it also boasts some other remarkable but less known sites, which draw significant number of discerning travellers – and especially young backpackers.  […]

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14th September 2016 Guatemala City

Thomas Carter

by Thomas Carter

British Ambassador to Guatemala

Thinking of Democracy

As a public servant and as a Briton, to talk about democracy is to talk about something I am passionate about.  It’s not that I am an expert in the topic, but it is a system with which I can identify closely and it is an ideal which drives every day of my working life.  […]

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28th June 2016 Guatemala City

Thomas Carter

by Thomas Carter

British Ambassador to Guatemala

Rock and Shakespeare a real treat!

Rock music and Shakespeare may not seem immediately to have much in common.  You might see both as a form of art, but that might be as far as the similarity goes.  Well, here in Guatemala, we have been celebrating all three for being British.  In the last few weeks we have been treated to […]

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10th May 2016 Guatemala City

Thomas Carter

by Thomas Carter

British Ambassador to Guatemala

Queen’s Birthday Celebration

This year Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her ninetieth birthday.  Born in 1926, she became Queen in 1952 on the death of her father, King George V, and has been Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the last 64 years. Events to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday are being held […]

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3rd March 2016 Guatemala City

Thomas Carter

by Thomas Carter

British Ambassador to Guatemala

Exciting time to be newly arrived Ambassador in Guatemala!

This is my first blog as British Ambassador to Guatemala.  I arrived here six months ago, but thought I’d wait a while before starting to blog.  I’ll try to write quite regularly from now on.  I hope you find my blogs interesting! I arrived in Guatemala City in mid-August 2015, just in time to witness […]

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