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Old 02-01-2006, 03:14 AM   #1
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Baadaye - See you later!



Just wanted to drop in and let y'all know that I won't be around for a while...

I'm going to Africa for some time - and I doubt that there will be much time to check in here!

I'll miss all your news on the band and all the pics (I expect to see some very nice pics from Hawaii when I get back! )...

Behave while I'm gone girls (and guys!)!


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Save travels Dorthe

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Old 02-10-2006, 09:37 AM   #11
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I've received e-mails from Dorthe and she's doing well in Kenya.

I asked her if it would be ok if I posted some of her adventures here, so we get some kind of weblog here. and of course we keep her thread alive and she agreed

so here it goes: (from febr.4)
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Jambo,

The weather here is sunny and great (25-30C) - haven't had much time to enjoy it yet, though! I've been busy planning all the details for my masters project. I've had meeingst with my two advisors at the Ministry of Health (who are very helpful and has been very good at briefing me about all the details), spend time (and 300USD!) to get a 'research permit' at the Ministry of Education and on monday we'll start arrangeing meetings with all the people I need to interview before I'm going into the country to do my field work...

I got my own apartment here in Nairobi - it's close to a big mall (where I found this internet cafe) and it's a nice place.

So far I've seen most of the city by car (when I'm being driven from the apartment to the ministry and so on) which is quite the experience! The Kenyan way of driving is - honestly - absolutely crazy!!! The state of the roads here is horrible (holes 30cm deep is not unusual), but that doesn't stop people from driving like they were beeing chased by someone or something! Before I arrived I read in my guide book that the 'matatus' (mini busses) were only for people that didn't fear death - now I know why!!! They drive around with windscreens so broken I doubt the driver can see very much of what actually going on in the traffic, with open doors (the car being so broken they can't close!) and people standing on the outside of the car where the door was supposed to be and - of course - they drive on the sidewalk! I very much appriciate that my advisor and the driver from the Ministry have taken me around town - I'm not going to try public transportation here, thats for sure!
Oh, yeah, Jambo is Swahili for Hello
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very much luck, merc on your studies and being there!
I know there are more than a share of problems there but good Kenyans doing what they can there, as well.
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Old 04-12-2006, 02:03 PM   #13
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I'm bumping this thread up just to see how Merc is doing.

Does she have a blog or anything of her time in Africa?
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Old 04-14-2006, 04:28 AM   #14
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As a matter of fact, I got a mail on April 6th, after quite along absence.

She'll be back home on the 27th, so this might be a last update.


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How are you doing? Sorry I haven't replied to you in a really long time, but I've been really busy and then the computers have also been out of order!

I've had so many experiences in the last few weeks - earthquake, meeting so many people, visits to tea factory and to a hospital than don't run the same drug supply system as we do here... That hospital was terrible, I tell you!!! I'm getting used to run-down, dirty health facilities but this one tops them all - it was so overcroweded with 2-3 patients in every bed, even some on the floor!!! In addition they were constantly lacking drugs and at the moment also gloves - imagine running a hospital like that... We don't have the same problems here - all patients have their own bed, and some wards at the hospital are actually more or less empty plus we never miss any drugs, because of the special drug suply system we have here (the one the Belgians financed - the system I'm studying)...

My other experiences - the earthquake! A very strange feeling, I've never experienced an earthquake before... everything was shaking and there was a lot really loud noise! Thanksfully that was all that happend - no one got hurt or anything!

I've also visited a tea factory! When you're surrounded by tea-bushes, it nice to know how those green leafs actually get to be the black powder inside the tea-bags!

In the easter holidays I'll be going to the Masai Mara game reserve with a Danish medicine student that is working in Kenya - looking very much forward to that!!! Other than that my plans are: returning to Nairobi on April 20th and going home to Copenhagen on April 27th...
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Old 04-19-2006, 03:51 AM   #15
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Hello girls (and guys!)...

Haven't posted here in ages - but thanks to greety you've all been updated a bit on my 'adventures' here in Kenya! And I've been updated about news from the U2 camp (Thanks! )...

Hope everyone is doing great!

This is my last day here in Nyamira - tomorrow I'll (hopefully!!! ) be going back to Nairobi, stay there for a week and then its back to Copenhagen!

Looking forward to get home to a bit more reliable internet connection (and the blue crack)!

Take care!
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Old 04-24-2006, 12:32 AM   #17
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Old 04-29-2006, 09:59 AM   #18
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Hi girls...

I'm back!

I've had the best time ever - got to know some amazing people and see a wonderful country!

Watch this space for pics...
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