Please excuse my absence from this blog for the last few months. Work has been busy, with some highlights - wonderful to have a 2 week visit from a group of Jamaican teachers.
However, as I hope you have already heard (unless you found this blog in a random Google search) is that I'm moving to Tanzania in September in order to be associate professor at the Institute of Educational Development, Aga Khan University based in Dar Es Salaam. First part of the interview was by Skype in February, a very strange experience! And then an actual interview which constituted a totally mad trip at the beginning of May: overnight flight Thursday to Friday, shower, change of clothes interview, assorted meetings, dinner out, bed. Conversation over dinner was a bit amazing - the relative merits of democracy and dictatorship doesn't seem such an academic topic when the neighbouring country is Rwanda! Saturday was spent flat hunting with some future colleagues, then straight back on Sunday morning. Fortunately the Monday was the bank holiday so a chance to recover. Of course, much more about what I'll be doing out there coming soon - and what happens to get out there!
Currently on holiday in Hebden Bridge, mustering up the energy for the last few weeks at work and then packing up. Was intending to show you some nice pictures of the landscape round here but can't at the moment. You may have heard that there have been some floods here. Well, it was raining hard when we came up on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and this morning (Monday) were fine, until a huge downpoor at lunch time. Although, in the greater scheme of things, not enough to cause too much damage, because of the problems of the last few weeks the water had nowhere to go. Was out walking when the rain started, the seams in my ruck sack didn't hold so that's why I can't show you pictures I took earlier today, my main camera is - hopefully temporarily - out of action having got wet. However, can show you pictures of the floods here:
My car is in the row on the left, haven't been able to get to it yet to see if it's all right. And a few more:
All quiet now (6.30pm) I'll let you know what happens! But can only feel sorry for people who have put a huge amount of work into clearing their businesses now having to start all over again.