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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

Only a Few Days Left

Time sure has flown by on this trip. I am in Nampula, with two days left here before I fly to Maputo on Wed and then start the long journey home on Thurs. My flight out of Nampula was originally booked for Thursday morning, leaving only 1.5 h between arriving in Maputo and leaving for Jo’burg, which I have learned since being here is definitely not enough. Local flights don’t ever seem to leave on time, and two of my colleagues have been delayed by more than 6 hours. One was supposed to leave Nampula at 1pm or so, but the flight was overbooked so she was put on the next flight, which was supposed to leave at 8pm. It probably left late and had a supposedly short stopover in another city before heading to Maputo. That stopover ended up being most of the night and the passengers all had to stay in the airport. Please all keep your fingers crossed that might 2 hour flight is only two hours!

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Posted in mozambique | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Mon, 2009-07-27 14:48

Desportiva Maputo vs. Ferrovial Nacala

Football in NampulaSunday afternoon is a time when many Mozambicans head out to see their local teams play some football. Today, I joined two Mozambican colleagues and my Canadian boss to go see a game here in Nampula. One of the teams was from Maputo and the other was a local team from Nacala, which is about 2 hours away from Nampula. The game was played at the local stadium, which I would compare to what you would find behind a high school in Canada. We each paid about $3 to get in and the place was packed.

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Posted in mozambique | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Sun, 2009-07-19 14:22

Some Background on Mozambique

Map of MozambiqueI’ve been here for nearly a month now and thought it was about time I write about Mozambique itself. Mozambique is located on the south-east coast of Africa, just above South Africa and below Tanzania (check out the map I’ve posted on flickr). I am currently in Nampula, which is in the north of the country, about 3 hours inland from the coast and a 2.5 hr flight from the capital, Maputo. Pemba, which we visited a week ago, is further north on the coast. Mozambique has a total population of 21.4 million and the official language is Portuguese (one of 5 African countries). It is a former Portuguese colony and Portuguese traditions and culinary tastes still remain. It gained independence from Portugal in 1975.

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Posted in mozambique | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Sat, 2009-07-18 15:31

A Road Trip to Pemba

Pemba BeachTime is flying by here in Nampula. Another week has disappeared into a haze already. This is both good and bad. Good because it means that I will be home soon and the time between now and then will likely continue to pass quickly, but bad because there remains a lot of work to be done between now and then. Part of the reason why this week went by so quickly is because we had to go to Pemba, which is the capital of the province of Cabo Delgado, the other province where this project will be working (the other being Nampula).

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Posted in mozambique | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Sun, 2009-07-12 07:45

Another week in Nampula

Well, another week has come and gone and I did not find any time to write a blog update. Now that it is Saturday, things on the work front have calmed down a bit, not because there is no work to be done, so I can finally write a brief update of what I’ve been up to. My time in Mozambique is flying by, mostly as a result of the amount of work there is to do. We are making progress and getting things done but it doesn’t leave much time for tourism or even getting out of the hotel!

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Posted in mozambique | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Sat, 2009-07-04 08:42

Photos!!

NampulaI have been able to post some photos. I labelled them as best I could, considering I could not see the photos once uploaded! Here is a link to a random one (I have no idea which one it actually is) - hope it's a nice one! Click on it and follow the link to see them all.

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Posted in mozambique | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Sun, 2009-06-28 02:45

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