Saturday, April 05, 2008

Back in Barcelona

I am in Barcelona, for the fifth or sixth time in the last two years. This is still my favorite European city, despite Amsterdam´s alure. One of the perks of my current job is the opportunity to pass through Barcelona on the way and the way back from each mission.

I had the good fortune to meet up with several people who I worked with in Guatemala. The pic at top is our reunion in the Plaça Reial. The news on the Guatemala team: Conrado (Colombian sexpot) is working in Cambodia as a nurse on an HIV-AIDS project with MSF-Belgium. Rafa (Basque logistician) just came back from a long mission in rural Colombia with MSF-Spain. Angeles (Spanish logistician) is somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, sailing her small boat from Rio Dulce Guatemala to Cadiz Spain. Lola (Field Coordinator) is working as a nurse in Barcelona, as she plans a mission as Medical Coordinator in a yet unknown African Capital city. Nuria (Field Coordinator) is getting ready to leave on a short mission as a nurse for a meningitis outbreak in Niger. Montse (Spanish Doctor) is with MSF-spain in Congo. Patricia (Head of Mission in GUatemala) is working on a temporary assignment in the Barcelona MSF headquarters, until she leaves in July for Kenya. Finally, Oliver (French financier) is heading to Paraguay with his family. They are an adventurous bunch.

I leave my hotel tomorrow morning at 3 am to catch a 6am flight to Nairobi.

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