Guest post by Joe Plumb, Honorary British Consul in Iquitos
On Wednesday 12th October the British Embassy in Lima invited British nationals living in Iquitos to an evening gathering as an opportunity for the British nationals living here to get together and at the same time, to celebrate, at the invitation of the British Ambassador, James Dauris, the naming of a new Honorary British Consul for the District of Iquitos (Region of Loreto).
In total there were twelve British citizens present at the gathering, to meet Embassy staff, Cynthia Carbajal and Claudia de Olazabal (both Pro-Consuls). A few other British nationals living here who were unable to attend sent their apologies.
The two members of the British Embassy staff came to Iquitos for three days to meet local authorities and to give some in-service training to Joe Plumb, the newly-named Honorary British Consul in Iquitos, and his wife, Gina Melissa Vela Plumb, who is to assist him with consular administrative duties.
Following a very agreeable evening gathering at the “Antica Pizzeria” in the first block of Calle Napo, at which people had the opportunity to chat, get to know each other or to renew old friendships, Cynthia and Claudia had a full morning of appointments with the President of the Board of Fiscals of Loreto, with the Head of Immigrations, with the Chief of the Tourist and Environmental Protection Police and with representatives of “IPERU”, the Peruvian Tourist Information Agency. In the afternoon, there was some time to go sight-seeing, to buy souvenirs, and a quick visit to Mick Collis at “Mad Mick’s Trading Post”. Mick has been key in maintaining relations between the British Embassy in Lima and Iquitos over the last few years whilst there has been no Consulate.
The new Honorary British Consulate for Iquitos is to operate at:
Calle San Jose 113 (second floor)
Telf:0051-65-253364 (land-line) or 0051-997517127 (mobile)
-between the hours of Monday-Friday 9am-11am and 4:30pm-6pm.
It was generally agreed that the evening get-together was a good idea and that attempts should be made to do so with greater regularity. It was commented upon that the tone was very convivial and conversational, and that it was nice to have a chance to speak a little bit of English when we’re all immersed in Castellano for the greater part of most of days.
Thanks to the British Ambassador in Peru and to the British Embassy staff in Lima for this very pleasant initiative on their behalf. It’s good to renew the contact between Lima and ourselves in the Loreto Region again, after a few years of scanty communication, now that Iquitos has its’ own Honorary British Consulate and Honorary Consul again, and we can feel that we’re back on equal terms with Cusco, Trujillo and Arequipa.
Brit Expats Gather With Embassy Staff
Guest post by Joe Plumb, honorary British Consul in Iquitos
Bill Grimes is the publisher of this Captain’s Blog, President of Dawn on the Amazon Tours and Cruises, manager of the Amazon Golf Course, host at the Dawn on the Amazon Cafe, the United States Embassy in Lima, American Services Department, Honorary Deputy Warden for Iquitos, among many other projects, none more important than being a friend and ally of Joe Plumb, Honorary British Consul in Iquitos, and his wonderful wife Gina. Read more about Joe and Gina’s activities by clicking this Trip To UK By Footballers From Iquitos;