One year later in Nampula

I am back in Mozambique, almost exactly one year after I was here last year. Then, my visit was to help with the start-up phase of our project. I was here for 6 weeks working with the team on a daily basis, basically non-stop. This time, the trip is shorter – only 2 weeks, but my purpose is more or less them same – this time I will be working with our project manager to get a few procedures in place and update a few things like work plans and budgets.

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Posted in mozambique | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Thu, 2010-06-24 15:04

Two Weeks in Dhaka

I think this was officially the fastest two-week trip on record. I can’t believe I am leaving tomorrow already. Maybe it is because my last two trips have been significantly longer, maybe it is because I was sick for a day, maybe it was because I had company on this trip, I don’t know. But the time has flown by! It has been a whirlwind trip, or at least that’s how it feels.

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Posted in dhaka | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Wed, 2010-04-21 12:05

A Few Observations on Women

My lovely sister-in-law, Jenn, asked me to bring her back a wrap that she can use to carry her daughter, Morgan, around in. I started looking around the streets to see if I could figure out how women here carry their babies, and in the process made a few observations about women in Dhaka.

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Posted in dhaka | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Wed, 2010-04-21 12:01

Bengali New Year

Wooden Ferris WheelMy trip to Dhaka coincided, once again, with the Bengali New Year, which occurs on April 14. My very first trip to Dhaka also coincided with the New Year. This time, although my colleagues here offered to take me to see the major celebrations again, I decided to go to a smaller venue with my coworker from Ottawa who is also here, and one of here Bangladeshi colleagues.

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Posted in dhaka | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Sat, 2010-04-17 08:30

To Dhaka via Dubai

Airbus A380Hello again everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog post, because I have actually not traveled anywhere since November! Four full months in Ottawa – it’s been a while since that has happened. Well, to end the non-travel spell, I have come to Dhaka to work on our environmental institutional strengthening project. This is the project the keeps bringing me back to Dhaka – this is my fourth trip here. Previously I was coming about once every six months, but this time it’s been just over a year since my last trip to Bangladesh.

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Posted in dhaka | dubai | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Sat, 2010-04-10 11:18

Saying Goodbye to Sunshine and Warm Weather

Well, it’s been a month already. I am packed and ready to go, although it’s not quite time to check out and I still have some work to get done. Of course, I am looking forward to going home and can’t wait to get there, although I’m not really looking forward to cold November weather or the 33hr trip to get there. Summer is just beginning here and today is a lovely warm and sunny day. I hope to take a few more photos before

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Posted in lesotho | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Sat, 2009-11-14 03:10

Only a Week Left

Well, it’s been nearly two weeks since I posted anything, and now I’m down to one week left in Lesotho. Things have, as usual, been very busy for the last two weeks. But we are getting things going and generally getting things off to a good start. In fact, we had our Kick Off meeting this morning and it went quite well.

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Posted in lesotho | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Fri, 2009-11-06 14:44

Maseru and beyond

As usual on these trips I take for work, time is flying, mostly due to the amount of work that needs to get done. This week was no exception – in fact the week is a complete blur of activity! I won’t bore you with all the details, but most of what I have been doing so far is meeting with our client and trying to get the project to move forward and also to set up our field office here in town. There are a million little things that need to get done, and my list doesn’t seem to be getting any shorter, just longer!

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Posted in lesotho | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Sun, 2009-10-25 14:36

Back Again in Africa

Hello from Maseru, Lesotho! I arrived in this small landlocked country (completely surrounded by South Africa) on Wednesday afternoon and have been meaning to write a post since then but as soon as I hit the ground things have been going non-stop. I am here to help out with starting up another new project that we recently won. My role here will be similar to the role I was playing in Mozambique back in June/July. I will be here for the next four weeks, and we hope to get a good start on the project by then.

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Posted in lesotho | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Sun, 2009-10-18 14:17

Our Vacation Across the Pond

Views from our walk around St. Anthony's Head Dave and I just returned from spending one week in England. It was a lovely vacation, with a good mix of relaxing, hiking and sightseeing. The reason we went to the UK is that a good friend of mine, Robin, was getting married. I’ve known Robin for ages, since grade 9 I think, and I really wanted to be able to go to his wedding. So, we booked the tickets a few months ago and decided we might as well make a vacation out of it!

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Posted in bristol | st mawes | travel | uk Submitted by Meg on Sat, 2009-08-29 17:51

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