Wednesday, 28 July 2010
You have seen nothing like the traffic here...something else. This is the capital City but there are no road markings on the roads, pavements are virtually non-existent, sacred cows aimlessly wander the routes occasionally sleeping by the central reservation, and there are cars, buses, rickshaws, tut tuts, mopeds, bicycles and scooters a go-go, but it boasts a total of two sets of traffic lights! Traffic is directed by extremely brave policemen who stand in the middle of the mêlée gesturing with their immaculately white gloved hands and presumably muttering prayers under their breath! To drive here you need nerves of steel...definitely a case of 'who dares wins' even to get out of a road junction!
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
Monday, 26 July 2010
would be a good description from what I saw on the way from the airport. Not a particularly pretty place but vibrant. City of exhaust fumes and incense, pashminas and pot-holes, cockroaches and kukris (traditional symbolic weapon for Gurkhas)
Sunday, 25 July 2010
Saturday, 24 July 2010
Friday, 23 July 2010
Monday, 19 July 2010
said with total incredulity. Well perhaps not then...guess it's probably not a staple requirement in downtown Great Malvern. After a succession of less than standard currency requests over the last couple of months methinks the local Postmaster on the exchange counter believes me to be 'taking the Mickey' when in actual fact I am genuine in my requests. Off to Nepal later this week to visit our Gurkha recruitment set-up, stopping en route in Dubai to interview candidates for Business Development roles in Baghdad and Kabul, before flying on to Dehli and then Kathmandu. Starting to amass a collection of currencies in various envelopes around the house as well as a stock of malaria tablets 'just in case'…..somehow never entered into the equation in my previous existence…
Monday, 5 July 2010
Sunday, 4 July 2010
For those who are wondering how things are going as I move into my fifth month of the new job and the honeymoon period starts to fade, I'm pleased to report it's still great. Ridiculously full-on but soooo interesting. The range of things I have to deal with is wide, unpredictable and incredibly challenging. This week I have been wrestling with the fact that one of the Embassies is no longer issuing us with visas to enable the recruits to be deployed to their place of work, I've also been considering the medical assessment required if we decide to recruit from a nation with a very high incidence of AIDS. ..where else would I be coming up against these issues?
In terms of travel, at the moment I'm spending far too much time in London (and consequently on Great Western trains) so the work:life balance is a bit of an issue. I remain hopeful this will eventually become a bit more reasonable but probably not for a couple of months.