It’s been a while since I blogged here. It’s been super busy but I’m not sure if thats the reason I haven’t been blogging… It just seems like there’s not much to tell – or too much, I can’t decide. Do people really want to know about the day to day stuff that it takes to do life here? Like the hospital visits with friends for malaria tests or the getting ready for team conferences – or the endless driving on bad roads. How long can we talk about these things before its just not interesting anymore?
I think it’s a temptation most cross-cultural workers fall into. We just get involved in what we are doing and it is actually hard to communicate our context in ways that is understandable but also conveys the complexities and struggle. So we can either revert to nothing, surface level tid bits of information or, we overwhelm people with heavy stories that are difficult to relate to. I don’t think either is a good option – actually I guess the second two are ok, they just need to be balanced.
So here’s an attempt at balance 🙂
We have just come back from a week or team conference – we spent time discussing and giving presentations on various topics relating to strategy and how to do what we do in a sustainable way. We also spent time in meetings discussing how we as a team are going to transition from the Mozambique and Malawi teams into one team. All these things were good and we had good outcomes, but it was an intense 5 days of taking and listening. Even for me, a raging extrovert, there were moments when it was a bit much! It was kind of like going to a conference except because we all have so much “buy in” it becomes emotional and intense. It was heavy even though it doesn’t sound like it! But it was good stuff…
…but then we finished it with a few days at the lake unwinding and relaxing with friends. There was time to sleep in the afternoon, swim and BBQ! We are always reminded whenever we go there that we need to go there more often… although the road is rather bad, it takes about 2 hours to go the 60km to get there – it’s so worth it
If there is anything you have been wondering about what it is like to live and work here please ask you questions. It would really help me shape what to tell you!