Luis E. Arrega, who’s been the US ambassador to Iceland since 2010 left an emotional post on his blog today as he left the country.
Mr Arrega and his family flew back to the States from Keflavík airport today after spending over three years in Iceland.
He described on his blog how a wave of memories hit them as they were driving to the airport and thanked Iceland for welcoming the family, concluding by writing: “We are lucky to count ourselves as your friends.”
“As we drive down the road to Keflavik towards my official departure from Iceland, we are experiencing a rush of memories of our extraordinary three years in Iceland. We consider ourselves privileged and honored to have had the opportunity to get to know the noble nation of Iceland. Our experiences here confirmed what we have always known: Americans and Icelanders share values that make our friendship deep and strong. It is the kind of friendship that allows us to work on many, many important issues and to understand that in the very, very few instances when we disagree the friendship remains strong. Thank you Iceland for opening your arms and letting us appreciate the indomitable Icelandic character. We are lucky to count ourselves as your friends.”
As reported, Arrega will be replaced by Robert C. Barber.