Another Trip Nearly Over

My trip to Mozambique is nearly over. It has gone by very quickly, but that could be because I haven’t been here very long. I must say, there is not a whole lot to write about this trip. I have been buried in project administration and management issues the whole time and although I have learned a lot, it doesn’t make for very interesting stories! And I’ve only taken two pictures so far from my hotel room balcony.

All in all it has been a productive trip. I have one more day in the office to tie up a bunch of loose ends, then I have to pack and head to the airport very early on Fri AM. I will be brining with me two sculptures purchased by our GM and left in Mozambique due to ash cloud chaos back in April. They are fairly small, but really heavy! It was decided by the person packing them that it would be better if they were in one box…I’m not sure I’m going to be able to lift it. It wouldn’t be such an issue if I could check them and not see them until I arrive in Ottawa, however, I expect to have to clear Mozambican customs in Pemba, rather than on departure from Nampula, which will mean having to deal with the box! Wish me luck…

Otherwise – things in Nampula haven’t changed a whole lot since my last visit. I went for a nice long walk on the weekend. There is a new restaurant, which is always good (We go there every day for lunch), because selection is rather limited, but a few other restaurants are rumoured to no longer be so good. I am at a different hotel this time, and it has been interesting. The service is so unpredictable it’s funny. Some days I get a bottle of water in my room, some days I don’t. Some days I get a mint on my pillow, some days I don’t. Some days the café on the first floor is open, some days it’s not. Some days the restaurant upstairs is closed for a wedding, but there is no notice of such…it has a pool, and a ‘gym’. I went to the gym twice. Then gave up and decided I should invest in some sort of exercise DVD I can bring with me on my trips.

It has been good to get to know the team members on our project. Last time I was here, no one had really been hired yet. Now we have a full staff based out of two offices. It has also been nice to see some of my colleagues who work in Maputo for our subsidiary company, whom I haven’t seen in a year. And it has also been good to understand what happens here in the field in terms of day to day operations.

That’s about all for now. I am looking forward to being home and enjoying Bluesfest next week!

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Posted in mozambique | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Wed, 2010-06-30 15:42

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