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Winning IvyPrez Idol Can Get you Far

25 Mar

Well, he was voted IvyPrez Idol a year ago by IvyGate, and this year he may be World Bank Prez.

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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.

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My Days and Weeks in Port Vila, Vanuatu

11 Jan

Come live in Paradise… through emails I sent to my friends over my first weeks in Vila in 2010.

Page 1 – Home Hot Humid Home
Page 2 – Getting to Know my New Home
Page 3 – Rainy Paradise
Page 4 – Back at Work
Page 5 – Who Is This Person?
Page 6 – Attempt at a Social Life
Page 7 – Earthquake!!
Page 8 – One Week in Vanuatu
Page 9 – Local Food
Page 10 – Week Three in Itchy Paradise
Page 11 – Peanuts – Insomnia – Climate – Cooking: Random Thoughts
Page 12 – Week Three – part two (such an exciting week!)
Page 13 – All Work and No Play
Page 14 – Just Another Week (#5) at the Office
Page 15 – Fridge Warming Party
Page 16 – Being Social in the Comfort of your Home
Page 17 – Side Note: Vanuatu Politics
Page 18 – Dog Days of Summer
Page 19 – Picture Perfect
Page 20 – What Happened since Christmas?

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Roma, Napoli, Pompeii, Gelati

2 Apr

WASHINGTON – 2 April 2009.

I saw a yellow SMART this morning on my way to work… sigh. Hit by nostalgia. A week ago I was in beautiful Roma looking at dozens of SMART and other toy cars (sooo cute!) zigzagging in traffic, or double-parked or using half of the sidewalk or parked perpendicularly where others have to parallel-park. Italians are masters at parking: bumper to bumper, and so often I wished I were there to see them get out of those tiiiight corners. I did see drivers squeezing in not-so-tight spaces and touching a car on the side… I would get my driver’s license really easily in Rome!
Pizza talk coming

Year in Review – 2008

28 Dec

Now you know where I was all this time!

JANUARY: I moved in to my new apartment on December 30, 2008 and spent the weekend unpacking and getting comfortable in my new surroundings. I lived in a tiny studio for five and a half years but once the building was bought by a new company that wanted to sell the apartments, it was time to upgrade. I have been here a year now and I still enjoy the view everyday (roofs roofs roofs). It’s still a studio, but much more spacious and instead of having one tissue box reachable from every corner as I used to in my old apartment, I need THREE boxes strategically placed!

Once I was settled, it was time to travel! I went to Austria to visit my older sister and her family. I am going to sound like an old out-of-touch auntie, but boy do children grow fast! Thankfully my nephew and niece are not teenagers yet so they were eager play board games with me!

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Year in Review – 2007

28 Dec

What was I doing when and where? Here are the answers to all your questions

January

The year started really well since DC was enjoying a very mild winter and we were in t-shirts. When the cold weather was on its way, I flew to better climates: Thailand, Lao PDR (hanging out with Nanda), Cambodia – 3 weeks of heat, sun and Asian food. Delicious!
February and the rest of the family coming

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…