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Nairobi, Kenya

On December 5, 2014, Posted by , In Travelogue,Uncategorized, By , , With Comments Off on Nairobi, Kenya

Before I tell you about my training day, I’d like to give you a partial snap shot of Nairobi and the people I see every day.

Every morning I walk by a ceremonial mask worn by adolescent males before circumcision. (Ouch!)

Everyone asks the morning question, “How was your night?” Jambo means “hello.” Sante means thank you. A response to any thank you is “welcome.”

At breakfast, at least three different servers approach me to see if I need anything and if I am waiting for someone (because of the other table settings). They always want to remove the other settings and I always tell them that they should just leave them. A woman walks around with tiny glasses of … Read the rest

Nairobi – Day 1

On November 30, 2012, Posted by , In Travelogue,Uncategorized, By , With Comments Off on Nairobi – Day 1

Hello. As you can see, I’m on the road again. This time, I will be piloting ten days of business management training for the owners of private medical practices in Kenya.

I have to say that my travel to Africa this time went exceptionally smoothly. After the experience of paying $1200 to send training materials that could have easily filled one large suitcase- and finding out that I actually could take two bags for free on Delta, I wised up. I’m traveling with two large bags (bright pink and bright blue) that each weighs 50 pounds. In addition, I have my large handbag that could hold a small child (but doesn’t) and my “carry on” with all of the training … Read the rest

Deb in Petra and Aqaba, April 6, back in Amman

On April 5, 2012, Posted by , In Travelogue,Uncategorized, By , With Comments Off on Deb in Petra and Aqaba, April 6, back in Amman

 

This was the last day of the second 5-day train the trainer. Last night, after getting back so late from the trip to the Dead Sea restaurant, I stayed up until 2 a.m. reviewing 27 of the participants’ lesson plans. As opposed to last week’s participants, who were often confused, I had about 7 lesson plans that were excellent. (I attribute this to: (1) reminding them to compare their lesson plans to the examples in their binders and (2) walking them through the different elements of the lesson plan at two different points to make sure they understood what each category meant).

This group also enjoyed the Jeopardy game. Then, after catching up on 4 Showcase presentations left over … Read the rest