Austria does not have formal and official representation in every country, not even in the one where I'm living right now. We do not have an embassy in Trinidad and Tobago. I heard of there being an Honorary Consul some time ago, but I have no confirmation of this. If an Austrian citizen needs the diplomatic kind of help and assistance while here in Trinidad, as far as I know we have to go to the German embassy, or any other one that belongs to a EU country. But, again, I have no confirmation of this.
Naturally, that makes my new place the obvious choice for our agency abroad.
I mean, I'm Austrian and it's my place. So, of course, my house is the embassy now. It's the only conclusion you could possibly come to, no matter how long and hard (TWSS) you think about it.
The embassy is located in Curepe, like I said in the previous post, and right below this paragraph is the first picture ever to have been taken of the embassy's front door. No, I'm not telling you the exact address. This is the internet, are you crazy? But I can tell you that the location is prime, even though all the other embassies are a very different part of Trinidad. The capital, that is. Also, what you see here is not what the embassy will look like forever. We're just getting started with furniture and decorations and all that fun stuff, so it will all change as time passes. For the better (more colourful and alive), of course!
To make sure everybody knows that this is The Real Austrian Embassy and there are no confusions as to what kinds of services are actually provided (or, rather, not provided) at this wonderful establishment, a Facebook page has been created to keep followers up to date about what the embassy is and what's going on there as well as about members of staff and events that can be attended.
If it says "Liked", you're doing it right.
We are not your typical embassy and therefore, we also don't follow you typical embassy's rules. The embassy's staff, for example, is not at all what you can expect to see in any other kind of embassy anywhere. There's me, for one, I'm the King. Then there's Kwesi, he's the President. And there's Mr Frank Stickifeet, our Director of Security.
Mr Stickifeet is a baby dinosaur, wherefore he is more than qualified to be in charge of the embassy's security and the safety of all staff and visitors. He and his team are doing a great job patrolling The Real Austrian Embassy's perimeter, keeping it safe from any intruders - especially the ones with 6 or 8 legs. Because a lot of cleaning is going on at the moment and everything is filled with toxic fumes and other such fun things, their workspace is currently limited to the outside. Mr Stickifeet had come inside for a staff meeting this morning and got a little disoriented on his way back out to relay the latest information to his colleagues, so I helped him out. That's when we took these pictures for the embassy's Facebook page and Mr Stickifeet's ID.
Mr Stickifeet is the newest addition to embassy staff, the team is not yet complete. We are still hiring people to fill all sorts of interesting positions, so if you are interested in getting a job at The Real Austrian Embassy, just bring in your CV and cover letter, two recommendations from previous employees, a few rolls of 3-ply toilet paper and cookies.
Also, like The Real Austrian Embassy on Facebook!