Jennifer A. Chin (cswallow) wrote,
Jennifer A. Chin
cswallow

Noloholo, Day 63: Connected

Just another day in the bush (office). It was very productive, if disconnected, thanks to a hiccup by Vodacom that knocked out signal between 11pm last night and 2pm this afternoon. As soon as it came back, all the committee members from the natural resources meeting next door could be seen wandering outside, phones plastered to their ears. As for us, we were delighted to be able to get on the internet again. My daily internet diet consists of: learning about the Olympics from Entertainment Weekly’s snarky daily recaps, looking at pictures of babies and cute dogs on Facebook, reading Sue’s and occasionally another friend’s comments on my LiveJournal posts, and checking the headlines of (but not reading) articles on the New York Times website. Usually this chews up about 25 minutes of time, at which point I become utterly bored and have to go back to work.

Christy and I also showered in the evening, leading us to feel like new people. Dinner was spaghetti and meat sauce with Kelly’s special garlic bread (slices of bread soaked in melted, spiced butter, then toasted in a pan). After dinner, Christy, Kirsten and I sat on the patio and watched the rising moon wash all but the brightest stars out of the sky.

As for work, I’ve updated the latest leadership training, and finished up two out of my three models. Kirsten geeks out with me as we share different Excel tricks that we’ve learned over the summer. With only 10 days left, I can see exactly how much work I will be able to accomplish. What I see satisfies me. I feel calm and at ease, happy to be with such an amazing group of people, an amazing organization, and the world at my fingertips.
Tags: travel - tanzania
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