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I arrived in Osaka, in the autumn of 1997 to attend a Global Business Convention. It was all work as a member of an investment marketing delegation. My only chance to appreciate the beauty of Japan is the travel that came in between business meetings as we shuttle to several venues in Osaka and later to a flight to Fukuoka prefecture, all in 10 days, too short for the 90 day diplomatic visa given to us.
After several years of working for the bureaucracy, I felt like a rusty engine, so I decided it was time to go.
My next move? an out of the country adventure. So when a former colleague brought the idea of international volunteering, I immediately jumped into it.
For 2 years, I lived the Kenyan life. I was a business advisor for a social enterprise providing livelihood to men and women afflicted with HIV and AIDS and other form of disability.
My volunteer work in Kenya brought me to a lot of places within the country and to nearby Uganda.
I was to put in place, a livelihood program that integrates differently abled persons with HIV and AIDS patients and Uganda has some best practices I can learn from.
I was told my trip wont be complete if I dont trace the White Nile in Jinja.
With nothing to do during a 2 week break in December 2010, my colleague and I embarked on a 16 hour road trip to Dar es Salaam, the capital of the Republic of Tanzania via West Kenyan town of Eldoret.
Unlike my station, Eldy, Dar-es Salaam is hot and humid in December. Except for the inviting white sands at Boko Beach, and some tour of historic sites, there was the island hop to Zanzibar that made our vacation delightful.
Zanzibar, is very much a part of Tanzania, but when you are in the island you feel in an different place.
On my fourth East African leg, we decided to visit Rwanda - dubbed as the cleanest country in East Africa, still some call it the African Singapore.
Since I dont speak French or Kinyarwandan - the national language of Rwanda, it was the most silent journey I ever had, but the most touching. Here I was able to reflect on the events of 1994, and get to feel the aftermath of a genocide era. God bless Rwanda.
Dry but urban, thats how I can describe the UAE. So far I have only been to the Emirate of Dubai and Sharjah, and there are 7 emirates in all.
After my African safari, I decided to try desert safari. Early afternoon from Sharjah, we travelled several hours to the Emirati desert on board luxury SUV.
The 45 minute adrenalin ride was followed by a sumptuous Arabian dinner and a night of belly dancing.
At 45 degrees Celsius in May 2011, I thought I would collapse in the streets of Khartoum. It was the hottest temp I have encountered in my life. Thank God, I am only there for a week.
People like me with nothing to do but go around, are best advised to start their day at 5pm yes, in the afternoon when the air starts to cool to several degrees lower, and more tolerable.
Having visited Burj Dubai, I decided to check out on its Sudanese twin, the Burj Fateh in the Conrinthian.
Coming out from a failed trip back to Africa, I jumped at the opportunity to live and work in China for the second half of 2011.
More than the freezing temperature I was to experience in my first Chinese winter, the difficulty of communicating and being understood in English has been a test of patience, every single day.
But unlike any other foreigner in that country, I was always presumed a Chinese by my looks.Thus, I found out that for as long as I dont open my mouth, I am spared from further scrutiny.
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