A Grab-Bag of Info

July 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

So much has happened, so little time to tell. So here in bullet points are the salient points.

1) Great News! My contract with the UN has been extended until mid October.

2) Great News! Just today, found out that my VISA in Pakistan has also been extended and with multiple entries without me having to leave the country. Sounds so small but honestly, I had a cast of at least 20 people working on this – the UNDP Visa people, the Canadian High Commission, contacts at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and contacts at the Ministry of Interior plus CANADEM plus the UN OCHA people in Geneva.

3) Bad News. Will not be able to leave for my R&R next week because my new employee might be starting. Although this part is Good News!

4) Great News. I will be going to the Maldives at the end of August for 1.5 weeks to start a new consultancy contract with the government there. It is a long-term contract and I really look forward to meeting the new team. I’ll be advising the government on developing a public information campaign for the country around a new pension reform plan. Given that the country is spread over umpteen islands with poor infrastructure, this will be quite an interesting challenge!

5) Great News. Went on my second outing outside of the city – to the mountainous resort town of Nathia Gari. Not at all like the relaxing peaceful setting we were looking for but still a wonderful adventure. It was great to get out of the city and see a bit of Pakistan.

6) Great News. Still adore my guest house. Have now persuaded two other of my UN colleagues to move here. We’ll be able to partay! Course it might be way difficult without alcohol but we’ll find a solution to that I’m sure!

7) Bad News. The monsoon rains have started. Now, in addition to it being really, really hot (43-45C), it is also very, very humid. Very similar to Ottawa in the summer during an extreme heat wave. Except people go outside in this weather and we burrow ourselves in our aircon houses and office buildings!

That’s all for now..keep writing!


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