Mozambique’s Independence Day

Today (June 25th, as I will be posting this later) marks the 34th anniversary of Mozambique’s independence. This is when the country gained independence from its Portugual. It is a national holiday, as Canada Day is at home. There was a small parade this morning in Nampula. It looked to be only school children. We decided to take the day off like everyone else seeing as everything was closed and we wouldn’t be able to get much done anyway. That, coupled with the fact that the internet has been down for 2 days means there’s a lot that could not get done today anyway.

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

Finally in Nampula

After spending the weekend in Maputo, I flew up to Nampula, which is in the North of Mozambique. It is a city of approximately 300-400,000 people, with a small commercial centre. According to one of the women I am traveling with it has changed a great deal since 1995 when she was last here. It is a bustling little city now. It is warmer here than it was in Maputo, as we are closer to the equator. During the day it is hot, while at night a nice cool breeze blows. It reminds me of Ottawa in July. It’s the dry season now, so we should get much rain while I am here.

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Posted in mozambique | nampula | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Wed, 2009-06-24 04:15

A Weekend in Maputo

I arrived in Maputo, Mozambique on Saturday morning. It is finally sinking in, now that I have stopped zooming from here to there in an airplane non-stop, that I am in Africa again. It’s great to be back! Maputo is the capital of Mozambique and is a pretty big city. It is located on the coast in the south of the country. I am staying in a small guest house / B&B until we head up to Nampula on Monday morning.

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Posted in maputo | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Tue, 2009-06-23 05:02

A Long Journey: Part 1

I will be very happy, once I am in Nampula on Monday, not to see an airport for a while. I am currently in Johannesburg, South Africa, where I am staying for two nights on my way to Mozambique. I flew via Toronto and Amsterdam yesterday to arrive here around 9pm at night. Unfortunately my checked bag did not make it on the same flight from Amsterdam. Otherwise, the flights were uneventful and I was happy to have a bed last night, even though it wasn’t for very long (6 hours by the time I got to the hotel).

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Posted in johannesburg | lesotho | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Fri, 2009-06-19 14:07

Almost Home

Vegetable Stall in a MarketI am writing this on my second last night in Dhaka. It is the weekend here now, and so tomorrow I will work in the hotel, eat an early dinner and head to bed so that I can get up at 2am to go to the airport and catch my flight to the UK at 5:30am. I am definitely looking forward to returning home, and also to my short layover in the UK for the weekend. Dhaka is always interesting, but after a while one gets sick of the traffic, noise, bad air quality, heat and humidity, not to mention the often frustrating working conditions.

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Posted in Bangladesh | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Thu, 2009-03-19 10:43

Escaping the City For a Day

Country sideToday I, another consultant on the project and some local staff went on a field trip outside the city. It’s always nice to get out of Dhaka, and this trip proved to be quite interesting. I have posted a whole bunch of photos and a couple videos. A lot were shot out the car window though, so aren’t of the highest quality. We went to visit the area where a demonstration project is being conducted under our project. It is about an hour outside of Dhaka, but you never really seem to actually leave civilization to get there.

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Posted in Bangladesh | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Mon, 2009-03-16 11:03

What ‘Economic Downturn’ Means In Bangladesh

Bangladesh is a very poor country, as you probably know. There are 154,000,000 people here and a population density of 1045/km2. Almost half the population lives on less than $1 a day. The literacy rate is 43% for the general population, and for women is 32%. What happens here when the world economy goes down the toilet (or the latrine as would be the case here, for those who even have one of those)?

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Posted in travel | work Submitted by Meg on Tue, 2009-03-10 11:22

Hot and Hazy in Dhaka

Hello Friends! I arrived to a hot and humid Dhaka late last night (well, very early this morning). I am here again for work, on the same environmental capacity building project that I have been working on each time I am here. I can’t say I was excited to come, although it is nice to be far away from winter. There is never a lot of time while I am here to see and do things outside of work. But we will have to wait and see what this trip has in store.

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Posted in travel | work Submitted by Meg on Sat, 2009-03-07 07:26

One more day, then a one week countdown

Today is my last day in Dhaka, for this trip. I will be coming back again most likely in the new year. I am very excited to go home, although not so excited for the many many hours I will be spending in the company of the lovely flight attendants of BA. I can’t believe this trip is already over. It really did pass by quickly. I’ve posted a few photos, although not a whole lot, since I didn’t have a lot of opportunity to take many photos this time.

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Posted in dhaka | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Fri, 2008-10-31 11:01

Wastewater and Rice Paddies

IMG_4399 My stay in Bangladesh is already half over. This trip is flying by. Today is the first day I took some photos. I’m sorry to say, that half of them are of an effluent treatment plant at a textile factory and the other half were taken out of a car window on a rainy day (also today). Hopefully they are interesting anyway!

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Posted in dhaka | travel | work Submitted by Meg on Sat, 2008-10-25 23:52

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