It is Thanksgiving night, with nary a turkey in sight, but indeed I am thankful. Scattershot 10 of the things for which I have been grateful over the last few days while working in eastern Zimbabwe:
- Hot water when showering in my room this a.m., made all the more a guilty luxury upon finding out that other colleagues were not so lucky.
- The fact that when I chose to skip lunch today, it was my choice. The food situation on the ground in Zimbabwe is dire.
the sun has followed me along my trip, especially important after seeing a
quick rain shower turn the local currency into a puddle. 17,000,000 Zim $ =
10.00 USD, for the moment.
- Drugs. Thank science for iodine tablets in heavy cholera times; bless doxycycline as malarious mosquitoes buzz; and my everlasting appreciation for ibuprofen to quell the aches and pains from plane rides and bad mattresses.
- For my British colleague who, upon learning it was Thanksgiving in the U.S., attempted to gobble at dinner.
- The best closing statement of a workshop ever, wherein a local colleague concluded “Indeed, today was not completely useless.”
the deadly green mamba on the road to Honde Valley was already dead when we found it.
- Candlelight, computer batteries and DVD players
- Nurses and doctors who show up to work every day, despite the fact that they are not being paid.
- Friends and family, even when they seem very far away.