Musings on life in Ethiopia for a middle aged IT professional...or "Dilbert goes to Africa"

I will be working on a major upgrade to the Budget and Expenditures application for the Ethiopian Ministry of Finance during most of 2009 (I have been in Ethiopia since October, 2008). What follows are some somewhat random thoughts about life on a new continent.

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Snowboarding in Breckenridge

I can not think of anything more different than living in Ethiopia than snowboarding in Colorado. I'm writing this from a condo in Breckenridge, Colorado nursing my aches and pains after spending a beautiful day with my family riding my snowboard down the mountain. Fabulous.

I'm back in the US (again). This time for good (I think). The project in Ethiopia is moving along under its own power so I'm on to bigger and better things. (I'm not sure what those bigger and better things are yet but, we will figure that out over the next few weeks.)

I'm still processing the lessons learned from my experience in Africa. I will let everybody know if I have any great thoughts but I know I have learned a bit about negotiation in the developing world so maybe I can apply that to something useful...

Anyway, ciao and stay tuned for "John's next great adventure".



Other Entries:
November 2009
   11/22/2009:   The Great Ethiopian Run, Take Two
   11/14/2009:   Mule
   11/01/2009:   DV2011
September 2009
   9/27/2009:   Meskel
July 2009
   7/31/2009:   People
   7/12/2009:   Traffic
May 2009
   5/03/2009:   Bubble wrap quest
April 2009
   4/18/2009:   Options: Electricity
March 2009
   3/22/2009:   Italian Connection
   3/01/2009:   Blue Donkeys
February 2009
   2/14/2009:   Eucalyptus Trees
January 2009
   1/31/2009:   Story
   1/25/2009:   Security
   1/21/2009:   Obama and Lions
   1/13/2009:   Orienteering in Addis Ababa
   1/07/2009:   Merry Christmas and Goats
November 2008
   11/30/2008:   Ethiopian Road Construction
October 2008
   10/05/2008:   Ethiopia Introduction

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