Archive for the ‘Africa’ Category

By the Numbers

A few numbers from the trip.
(The table formatting is off but I think you can figure it out.)

24 Days in travel status
21 Nights in hotels
7 Different hotels
24,896 Miles: Air miles flown (runway to runway)
24,901 Miles:

Earth’s circumference at the equator

14 Number of flights (different planes)
8 Different airports
7 PPTs given, written, or helped to write
3 Countries visited (spent over night – not just airport stops)
13 Geocaches found
2 Fish caught
77 Blog posts (including this one)
unknown Cups of coffee consumed

Malawi Photos

Through a very odd set of circumstances I met a guy from RTP while in Malawi. Who knew that I the only American I would meet in Africa would be from my home state?! There is a long and good story associated with that event.

Here are some photos from Jonathan that you might enjoy:

http://picasaweb.google.com/jonsahib/MulanjeMarketsJune2009#
http://picasaweb.google.com/jonsahib/LandaDeoAndNkolokoti#

Time to pack and then catch the flights back to the US!

LOTS more to come!

Joh’Burg

Joh'Burg

Joh'Burg

Quick stop in Joh’Burg (Johannesburg).  Next stop Frankfurt!

Far Side of the World

Back at home, it’s afternoon
Six thousand miles away.
I will still be there when I get through
Attending this soiree

There are jobs and chores and questions
And plates I need to twirl,
But tonight I’ll take my chances,
On the Far Side of the World.

–Jimmy Buffett

Lyrics from one of my favorite songs.  Ever.

My experience in Africa has been nothing like JB’s but I am sure glad I made the trip.  :-)

Saturday morning I start my 36+ hour journey of more than 7,000 miles from Southeast Africa to Northern Europe.  Before I go dormant for a while I wanted to leave the blog with some music.  The first part of the is video from Buffett and his band in the studio and the song starts at 1:30 so skip ahead if you like.

Best wishes from “The Far Side of the World”


Laundry Night

It has been a week since I left NC and it is time to do laundry.  Yep, nothing says “partying” like washing your clothes in the hotel room sink!

Am I complaining?  Noooooooooooo!  I would much rather use my room sink than to do laundry in the river!

Laundry in the River Near Mt. Mulanje

Laundry in the River Near Mt. Mulanje

Tea

Tea Plantation at the Base of Mt. Mulanje

Tea Plantation at the Base of Mt. Mulanje

This afternoon I visited a tea plantation.  Interesting.  There is not a lot of Tea grown in Asheville so this is not something that I see every day.  As you might imagine, the smell was wonderful!

You can view this location in GoogleEarth by clicking here

If you don’t have GoogleEarth, you can see the location using GoogleMaps

Wednesday Travel

Composite satellite image of Mt. Mulanje

Composite satellite image of Mt. Mulanje

If everything goes according to plan, the FORNESSA Group will take a trip over to Mulanje Massif on Wednesday.  It will be a working trip as we continue to organize ourselves and address the components of our work plans that need to be submitted on Friday.

Friday…. Friday is just a couple of days away, to be quickly followed by Saturday when I have over 8,000 air miles and 32+ hours  of travel time in airplanes and airports which will take me from the Warm Heart of Africa to the Gulf of Finland, by the Baltic Sea.

Quiet Night

Crickets rule the night time in the tropics on the far side the world.

African Field Cricket

African Field Cricket

FORNESSA Countries

List of countries represented at the FORNESSA Networking Week:
(Click on the country flags to learn more.)

Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso

Cameroon

Cameroon

Ghana

Ghana

Kenya

Kenya

Liberia

Liberia

Malawi

Malawi

Malawi

Hotel View

Hotel View

How fabulous is travel to Malawi been for me?  Well, so far I have taken a cab ride from the airport to the Hotel and have only left the hotel campus to walk down to the next hotel for social functions.

This is not to complain, I am here for work – not to be a tourist.  And God knows that there is a tremendous amount of things we need to do.  Perhaps tonight, if we finish work before 9pm, then I will go walk the streets of Blantyre to get a feel for the area.  It may not be a true look into Malawi but I hope to experience more than the isolated world of the hotel and conference Centre.

Good News

My good news of the night:  I now have mosquitoes netting.