Happy equinox one and all!
Off to work today, I have a lovely corner office that overlooks the AKDN Sports Club Olympic size swimming pool. There's a group of Italian swimwear models that have photo shoots there. Oh, wait, that's another fantasy... No, its mainly kids having swimming lessons.
About the job: I cant tell too much, but essentially I am here as construction manager for a job that has fallen behind program and gone over budget. Its a new extension to an existing hospital, that will contain a cancer treatment facility, a cardiac ward and a maternity section. Its called the Aga Khan University Hospital. Its funded by the AKDN - read the hyperlink. The Aga Khan is the spiritual leader of the Ismaili sect of Islam - a very "westernised" branch of Islam and frowned upon by more fundamental Islamics. His Highness, the Aga Khan, is very wealthy and a cornerstone of this particular faith is massive charitable work in developing countries. They invest hugely in education, health care, arts and culture and finance. Many of the construction staff are volunteer workers, working for free. (I'm not!)
There are some challenges facing me here and already they are trying to coerce me into staying until August 2010. I don't want to. I initially only came here for one day in May to see what they need and now its wanting to turn into a year. No way.
On the plus side, it looks like my present digs are not so bad. During the week we have a servant lady Grace who cleans and cooks all included in the deal! I also learned that I will soon be moving to a nicer house which I will have all to myself, but will of course lose Grace then. Will have to employ someone.
After work, I went for a ride in the nearby forest / park, which was quite nice, but only got in about 40 minutes until it started getting dark and I had to hightail it out of there.
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