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Entries from January 2008

So what’s this Niger thing all about?

January 31st, 2008 · No Comments

Some of you know more than others about what we are doing on this Niger adventure, so in the interests of bringing you all up to speed, here’s the scoop. Niger is a land-locked country in West Africa situated on the southern edge of the Sahara desert. Niger is one of the hottest countries in [...]

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Tags: Niger · Travel

Final Preparations

January 31st, 2008 · No Comments

So we’re down to the last 6 sleeps before departure and the planning details and checklists are swirling through our minds. – Tools and supplies for the project – check – Bug spray & sunscreen – check – School supplies for the kids – check – Passports, visas, immunizations, anti-malarial medication – check – Tickets, [...]

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Tags: Niger · Travel

Tajikistan: Citizens Ponder Bleak Future Amid Harsh Winter

January 28th, 2008 · No Comments

It’s a good winter to not be in Tajikistan. But I really feel for the people there. I remember how cold minus 10 felt there, and while I am used to minus 22 at home (it’s minus 42 with the wind chill right now), I am also used to having a steady supply of natural [...]

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Electronic Preparations

January 28th, 2008 · No Comments

So I learned a lesson this weekend. In preparation for limited Internet access in Niger, I uploaded my Outlook contacts to Gmail. Never, never, never do this, especially if you have 6,000+ contacts in Outlook. And in case I haven’t mentioned it, never do this. It turns out that the script Gmail uses to manage [...]

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Getting ready for Niger

January 24th, 2008 · No Comments

The countdown is on. In 2 weeks, our trip to Niger begins with flights from Regina to Toronto to Paris and on to Niamey. Then it’s only a 9 hour drive to our destination, where we will construct a school that will be used to train teachers in this poor West African country. I want [...]

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Freezing in Tajikistan

January 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

This has been a particularly hard winter in Tajikistan, made all the worse by the lack of electricity and gas. Read about it here

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Team Photo

January 21st, 2008 · No Comments

We had our team photo taken on Sunday. Click to see a larger version. Back row (L-R): Dwayne Neudorf, Brian Klein, Brad Farquhar, Steve Stasiuk, Mogens JorgensenSmack dab in the middle: Lynette FarquharFront row (L-R): Lynette Neudorf, Karen Klein, Darren Bezborotko

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Tags: Niger · Travel