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Trassin
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 19, 2013 10:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today's Adventure: Locate and use an ATM in a 2nd world country.

If my bank account is mysteriously empty tomorrow, I'll have a pretty good idea as to how and why.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was kind of awesome seeing my ATM receipt in Uganda that showed I had over 6 million in my account balance. I think the exchange rate was about 2000:1 at that point for the Ugandan shilling.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 20, 2013 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I tried using the ATMs at the major island bank and the Hilton. Both were out of money. Apparently this is a fairly common occurance when you only have 2 or 3 ATMs on the entire island.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Today I'm attempting to expose the nationals in the office to the American cultural feature that is ironically listening to bad 80's music. My method of exposure is blunt force trama. I'm not 100% that it is going to work as intended.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So I was misinformed, the volcanoes here on Bioko are actually active.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cameroon_Line
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sweet! Lava surfing!
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently, when they were building their new road along the coast a year or two back, they managed to dig into an active magma channel and had to hult construction for a bit.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Found the US Embassy entrance last night, it's next door to a bar called Pub Propaganda.

I couldn't make this shit up.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2013 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Discovered an avacado tree on the compound grounds last night and a cashew-apple tree this morning while running. I currently have two avacado's ripening on my kitchen counter and am researching how to conquer the cashew-apple.

Also, I've spotted two coconuts on the compound grounds that I'm fairly certain are going to be ready for harvesting soon.

Edit: I probably won't be eatiing the cashe itself any time soon. I'm planning on trying the false-fruit portion of it though.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 8:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One other, less enjoyable, first took place the other day too. I received my first notable bug bite. It hurt like hell and the creature that did it appeared to be some hellish cross between a fire ant and a wasp, with the requisite parts to bite and/or sting you - depending on its particular mood at the moment.

On the plus side, I'm still alive and it is very much dead.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was it one of these?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope. We do have these bastards over here though: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blister_beetle

Thankfully, I've been lucky enough to not run into any yet.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another first - pretty sure I got pee'ed on by a fruit bat tonight. (which could either be a first in Africa or a Gay Club, now that I read it... it was a first in Africa)
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 8:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

4 days till I'm out of here and heading to Spain for 6 nights!

Also, had my first experience of telling my team, "No, you can't cut out early. We still have plenty of work to do." so that was interesting.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hotel I'm staying at in Madrid from March 2nd to the 5th! http://www.melia.com//hotels/spain/madrid/tryp-madrid-ambassador-hotel/index.html

Unfortunately I feel as though my attempts at using CS for Madrid are falling through. I currently have some one set up for my frist night in town but I haven't heard from her in about 2 weeks and I have a feeling I'll be using a hotel that night too.

On the plus side, 3 days from now, I'll be sitting in a cafe in Spain drinking cafe con leche and eating Spanish pastries for breakfast!
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 1:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Trassin wrote:
On the plus side, 3 days from now, I'll be sitting in a cafe in Spain drinking cafe con leche and eating Spanish pastries for breakfast!


You have your priorities in order. I approve. I'll be doing my third trip to mainland Colombia with my lady friend in August. If you ever get the chance, go. The coffee is pretty darn good.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 1:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah, Compound Sweet Compound.

Also, it turns out that Spain being filled with awesomness wasn't just a dream I had while on the Carrier. It really is a very kick ass place!

I met very cool people, had amazing food, saw incredible museums, and conquered a castle while I was there!

Side note: I'm now King of Alicante, at least I'm pretty sure I am. I did, after all, stand on top of the Castle above the rest of the city and announced to them that their rightful ruller had arrived. Based on no one rising to challenge my position, I'm pretty sure that I'm now King. Cool
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 16, 2013 7:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

View from my hotel room in Alicante:


Looking down on my loyal subjects:


My chief adviser:

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently I'm susceptible to the "vivid dreams" side effect of the new malaria medication I'm taking. I actually checked my phone when I woke up because I wasn't 100% sure I hadn't been hanging out with Christopher Walken and the Pope.

Side note, I still haven't decided if reading articles on The Onion about Christopher Walken and the Pope before bed was a good or bad choice.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 3:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One other note: I'm going to the U.S. Embassy for dinner tonight! Woot! I'm one step closer to becoming an international diplomat and being able to use the phrase "Diplomatic Immunity!" at completely inappropriate moments.
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