Tag Archives: reading

Melburnian for a Week

22 Mar


Need I say more?

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Letter to Emily

3 Mar

Emily in Semuc Champey, Guatemala, July 2009

[Emily “tagged” me after being tagged herself. You can read her blog Grounding my Roots and see the rules of the game below. Since she sent me 11 questions, I thought I’d address my responses directly to her, my blog buddy and Guatemalan partner in chocolate crime]

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Journalists on the Frontlines

22 Feb

Marie Colvin and Rémi Ochlik -- © Photo from NY Times Article

I am often moved by what I see and read on the news: when you sift through the crap, you find real news. Hard, soft, it doesn’t matter as long as it’s real. Extraordinary people get them from the field to you, to us. I am not talking about the people with their head plastered on buses or hosting shows in comfy studios. The real people.

I wanted to be one of them.     Continue reading

Life Unemployed 2010: Boston, Peru, Kentucky, Europe

24 Oct

The Boston Stage
27-29 July 2010

Everybody knows that the best way to relax after a rough period at work is to rest your bones on an island… so the day after leaving the World Bank I was wandering on Georges Island — mmm the sun, the tiny islands around, the geese, the cannons, the jails, the bitter wind, the ghost… Yes, not quite a Caribbean island but it’s full of history and a stone-throw away from Boston – perfect for an afternoon excursion away from deadlines.
Ghost story coming up

The Brits Don’t Like me… and they Have Proven it Again!

28 Nov

November-December 2009

No, it is NOT my imagination: the Brits do not like me and tend to prove it in their airports. Each visit to Heathrow is a pain (extra interrogation, extra search, extra confusing), and now Gatwick did it.
Did what?

My Adventures in Malawi

26 Nov

This post is composed of the emails I sent to my friends during a work assignment in Lilongwe, Malawi.

CHAPTER ONE — 9/10/2007 — Hello From Malawi
CHAPTER TWO — 9/19/2007 — The Greenhouse
CHAPTER THREE– 9/26/2007 — Power Outage
CHAPTER FOUR — 9/28/2007 — The Media
CHAPTER FIVE — 10/02/2007 — Clumsy on 3 Continents
CHAPTER SIX — 10/09/2007 — Care Package
CHAPTER SEVEN — 10/10/2007 — P.S.
CHAPTER EIGHT — 10/12/2007 — Lilongwe
CHAPTER NINE — 10/19/2007 — Malawian Food and Water Stories
CHAPTER TEN — 10/30/2007 — South Africa’s Ubuntu
CHAPTER ELEVEN — 11/06/2007 — Little Things
CHAPTER TWELVE — 11/09/2007 — Tying Loose Ends
CHAPTER THIRTEEN — 11/20/2007 — From Maputo to Sligo
CHAPTER FOURTEEN — 11/26/2007 —  Sligo Part Deux
CHAPTER FIFTEEN — 12/04/2007 — First Snow

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CHAPTER ONE — 9/10/2007 — Hello From Malawi

I have arrived safely in Lilongwe on Saturday, but without my suitcase — very common problem apparently, but it feels strange to be wearing jeans on a Monday.

The guest house is very nice. I get to have breakfast with a view on a very nice garden, which includes a pond with fishes!! There are two channels on the tv, one mostly on Korea (which sometimes switches from English to Korean…kinda spooky) and a local channel (I might actually learn a local language!).

I hired a driver yesterday to visit Capital Hill (yes with an A, that’s where all the ministries are — ooohhh aaaahhh), City Center (where the office is) and Old Town (shops, though they were mostly closed because it was Sunday– I am not in America anymore!). We went to the market and then I spent a couple of hours on my own at Crossroads to eat a chicken burger (that’s what happens when people drop you off at a western mall!) and do a little bit of shopping (waaaater and ice cream). No, don’t expect photos.

I had dinner at the Country Manager’s home and of course we had a barbecue (chicken and potatoes) and watched rugby (South Africa beat Samoa if you must know)… Life in Australia must be sweet. Anyway, his wife is very nice and his kids went to bed early :))

My first morning in the office has gone well. Lotus Notes (email) of course wasn’t working for a while, but the IT magician fixed it 🙂 The Media Monitoring and the Contact Databases are still missing but I am sure he can fix that too.

I also don’t have access to my personal address book so I had to dig out some addresses (people who don’t work at the bank, tsk tsk). I still don’t have access to my emails from before Tuesday. I think they were supposed to copy them on a CD and give them to me, but ???.

I am actually all alone now… looks like everybody went to lunch. Zeria said many brought their own lunches, but I don’t know where they are eating… maybe downstairs. I am hungry but have absolutely NOTHING to eat, very different from my DC office where I have soups, oatmeal, nuts, and tons of chocolate!! Skipping meals will do wonders for my curves. Thanks to Magda, I have some dark M&Ms with me, but they are at the guest house.

I should call the airport to see whether my suitcase has made it…