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October 2 Conakry
October 3 Freetown
October 4 Briefing
October 5 Laurent & Me
October 6 The field
October 7 Nearly in Charge
October 8 The phone
October 10 No Generator
October 11 My Life
October 14 How much Missing?
October 19 My Informants
October 22 Always do it yourself
October 27 Why an Evaluation?
November 9 The Donors
November 20 R&R was great!
November 21 Is this me?
November 27 No Project !!!
December 3 The Beach
December 10 The Office
December 17 Club Med
December 24 Tuscan Rendering
December 30 Sienna Cream
January 7 It's Personal
January 14 Caring!!
January 21 Getting to know You
January 28 Need Assesments
February 5 Closer
February 12 Police Harassment
February 22 Beyond Borders
March 1 Obsession
March 8 It's Time (nearly)
March 10 Radio Silence
March 18 Represntation
March 31 Assessments
April 10 Re-Assessment
April 20 Security Matters
April 30 You can never have too much!!
May 6 The Strong Leader
May 14 The Times They are a Changing
May 25 Richard the Third head of mission
June 2 Learning Opportunity
June 10 Indecent Proposal
June 13 The Handover
June 14 Evaluation Time
June 17 Debt, Drugs and Pot Plants
June 17 In Transit
June 24 Home Alone
June 29 Knowing Me Knowing You aha!
July 1 THE END


["I think maybe I can do something more worthwhile for 9 months than be a sub-assistant senior sales engineer with the best sales figures of  2003"]

Thursday September 30th  

5:15 am: No 3 Dawson St, South Sydney, Jen my girlfriend is still asleep. Mum and Dad are going to pick me up in half an hour and Jen will come with us to the airport.  Mum and Dad are a bit worried about me going to Sierra Leone in Africa, dad watches foreign correspondent a lot so he knows what it's like. Mum always worries, she panics even if I go on holidays to Queensland. Me and Jen, well were a good partnership, we're engaged and when I come back in 9 months we plan to get married twenty one months after that. Well I have to pack a few more things, wake Jen up and then mum and dad will be here.

7:15 am: Ok, I just said goodbye to Jen, Mum and Dad, Jen couldn't stop crying. But we will try and meet up on Holidays and we will just have to write a lot. What am I thinking?, well I'm excited, I'm nervous, I know it going to be tough, but I guess this is what life is really about, a real challenge and something more than money and a 250Hp, metallic green, 1999, Audi Capri with a 10 stack CD console. I think maybe I can do something more worthwhile for 9 months than be a sub-assistant senior sales engineer with the best sales figures of  2003.

I'm really excited about visiting Paris again and seeing how the headquarters works of this great humanitarian relief organization. They won some big humanitarian prize a year or two a ago, the Palm D'Or or something. 

I've been practicing my French a bit from the Berlitz tapes so when I'm there I can get around easier, I took French in year 8 and its surprising how much is coming back to me. Ok I guess I better go before I miss my plane, see you in 26 hours.


Dave (me)  Claudia

 Angelina   Ricardo  

 Claude      Christian

 Jen             Petra

 Bono          Dick

  Anne         Peter

 Veronique   Richard