Details on what I’m up to are overdue, I’m told.
Long story short, I’m looking for work in Africa. But more on that in a minute.
On December 30, I leave Vancouver for India. On December 31, I’ve got just over 12 hours in Beijing and, if I manage to get any sleep on the flight, hope to venture into the city. Then on to Delhi, where I think I’m scheduled to land sometime just before midnight.
From Delhi, my trip is fairly wide open. I’m supposed to be in Bhutan from January 8 to 22, and will be taking the long road up to the capital, Thimphu. The plan is to head down to Calcutta and spend a week or so there, before taking the train north to Jaigaon, which I expect is a fairly lackluster border town. A night or two in Jaigaon and then on to Thimphu. (Bhutan doesn’t sound crazy about letting foreigners enter the country via land (as opposed to air), so cross your fingers for me on this one.)
No real plans for Bhutan, yet. Hopefully it won’t be too cold and I’ll be able to make the hike to the country’s renowned Taktsang Dzong. There’s also talk of a camping trip out in a district (town?) called Dagana. But we’ll see what happens.
And then January 22, I’m back in India and planning the next move. I’d like to see Darjeeling and Sikkim province and will likely spend some time there. And I might hang out in Mumbai for a couple of weeks. Again, we’ll see what happens.
Then it’s down to Africa and on with the search for meaningful employment. More than anything, I want to find work with any sort of media outlet, whether foreign or local. I’m sending feelers out in those directions now and we’ll see what I can come up with. If anybody knows anybody, I’d love to hear from you. I’m not set on any one country or region, yet. I’ll go pretty much anywhere where there’s work. Right now, I’m thinking that Uganda might serve as a nice home base for a while. Rwanda is another possibility. But I’m looking at a few countries on the west coast as well. More on all this later.
So that’s the plan. If anybody’s got connections anywhere where I’ll be passing through, I’d love to get contact info. Always nice to find a common friend. Other than that, stay in touch.
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