Jeff is still in California participating in WA banquets, but I’m in Baguio, Philippines this week in meetings with our organization. The cost of the trip was covered by our organization. I’m connecting with the team here in the Philippines that has been doing what I’ll be starting in Africa (publicity media and communications strategies), some colleagues with whom I’ll be working alongside in Africa, and others who work in publicity media and communications in our organization elsewhere in the world. (Thanks for the meeting photo, Eddie!)
LOST IN TIME
This is my second time adjustment in the last 2 weeks–first it was from the east coast to the west coast. Now from the west coast to here. Well, my computer is still set on east coast time, but Jeff is in California. So, when I call him, I calculate the 13 hour time difference from the east coast, and then calculate the 3 hour time difference for the west coast. When I travel, I usually keep my alarm clock set for my local time…too confusing this time. Was the 13 hours from California? From the east coast? I just broke down and set the clock for the local time here. Too many time zones to keep track of!
Right now I’m sitting in the lobby of our hotel feeling a bit chilly even with my cartigan sweater on. My guess is that it’s probably in the low 60s or upper 50s. Baguio City is at 5000 feet, so even though we’re close to the equator, the temperature stays moderate year round. Nairobi, Kenya, where we’ll be living, is at a similiar elevation and distance from the equator = same temp perks!
I love Skype. Talk about a technology that has changed the ease of international communication! I’ve talked with Jeff a few times already (even seen him via his web cam) and talked with my parents and brother, for free or very little cost (21 cents a minute from my computer to a telephone in the US). All I’ve needed is my computer and an internet connection. We’ve got free WiFi at the hotel. We’ll be able to use skpe in Kenya, too.