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Entries from August 2006

drama in the field

August 30th, 2006 · No Comments · Paige

i was in the field the last 2 days (left 6:30am monday, back at 10pm tuesday, worked 29 hours in 2 days…exhausting) doing my regular supervisory visits of the field staff and program activities. “minnesota” works with a local drama troupe to stage drama shows educating community members on particular health messages. [...]

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english as a second language

August 29th, 2006 · No Comments · Paige

english is the official language of uganda, but not really. english is only spoken between two ugandans when there is a native english speaker (read: ex-pat) close by, and the english that is spoken could be a foreign language as far as i can tell. first, it’s british english. second, the accent’s [...]

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who’s who in global health

August 27th, 2006 · No Comments · Paige

supposedly grad school is the place to network, find a job. i networked pretty well, yet somehow i made it through grad school without any idea of the big players on the international public health scene. sure, there was a guest lecturer in my “working in global health” course who had a lot [...]

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taxes on foreign-earned income

August 27th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Paige

one of the biggest benefits of international work is no u.s. taxes, or at least no taxes on the first $80,000 of income. it took me a while to figure it all out, but i think i’ve got it straight now. if you’re interested in the nuts & bolts, read on.**
the best reference [...]

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househelp

August 27th, 2006 · 1 Comment · Paige

(thanks go to trish for reminding me that this topic is still interesting to those at home)
a week into living here, the caretaker knocked on our door asking us if we wanted a cleaning lady. we said no. we were aware it was standard practice for ex-pats to have servants, but we hadn’t [...]

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a small operation

August 26th, 2006 · No Comments · Phil

tonight i fly back to minneapolis to join sub zero for the fall ultimate season. so this morning was my last run with peter. about 15 minutes into our run, we were moving along a stretch of road that was full of parked trucks so there wasn’t space along the shoulder. peter was on the [...]

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random

August 24th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Phil

a few things that i’ve forgotten to relay over the course of my being here.
we flew club world on british air from chicago to heathrow on our way over here. it was ridiculous. and by ridiculous i mean it was amazing. yours for only 8K round trip.
the wireless mouse for my laptop works as a [...]

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running

August 24th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Phil

exercising has been a bit of an adventure here in kampala but it’s actually been quite a bit more stress-free than i imagined. we have a pool, and although i am the world’s worst swimmer, it didn’t take long before i could put in a half hour of laps. and my knee thanks me for [...]

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fort portal & kibale forest n.p.

August 24th, 2006 · 2 Comments · Paige

phil & i just returned from a weekend trip to fort portal. fort portal’s one of the centers of activity on the western border of uganda. from there you can get to several really good national parks (kibale forest, semliki), semliki wildlife reserve, bigodi wetland sanctuary, the crater lakes region, and the rwenzori [...]

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conservation through public health

August 19th, 2006 · No Comments · Paige

earlier this week, i met the founder and ceo of a very cool uganda-based NGO: conservation through public health. they work in bwindi impenetrable forest national park promoting conservation and public health by improving primary health care to people and animals in and around protected areas in africa (their mission). (and, their vision) to [...]

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