Abbottabad – now that was a surprise!

When I heard that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Abbottabad in Pakistan. I was, to say the least, surprised. Mason and I spent a night in Abbottabad in July 2007 while on Vacation in and around Islamabad. Our guest house had the most awesome bed we have slept in to-date. And I got bitten by a spider in the middle of the night and had an egg-sized bump on my forehead for a day or so. My lasting impression of Abbottabad was thinking how much it was like Tuscany, red tile roofs dotted among green hillsides. It has a pretty church which was being renovated while we were there. The lonely planet entry reads “Abbottabad, Hazara’s head-quarters and biggest town, was founded as a British garrison town in the 1850s and still possesses a colonial-era flavor. The shady gardens and wide streets in the Cantonment evoke the 19th century, and it’s not unusual to hear church bells or a military band.” Of all the places I’ve visited in Pakistan, this is not one of those that I could have imagined a precision US strike on the “world’s most wanted man.” The world is full of surprises.

IMeCA 2010

The IMECA 2010 conference has been a truly inspiring event. A great mix of sharing experiences from a wide variety of people who are trying many different things as well as a real eagerness to learn and an opportunity to bring new tools and ideas to light.  I hope this will be the start of me getting more involved in the region, but I now need to go learn Spanish!

The circus of life


(starting at ~0:50 if you want to skip ahead)
From the day we arrive at the office
And, unsuspecting, step into the mess
There’s more to see than should ever be seen
Way too much to ever address
There’s far too much to take in here
Stuff to find than is best left unfound
But the promises high
Made always on the sly
Keeps great and small on the endless round

It’s the Circus of Life,
And it screws us all
Through drama and hype
Through Skype at night
Till we lose our place
On the path of sanity
In the Circus,
The Circus of Life.

A contribution from a friend who will remain an anonymous genius…we’ve all had days at work that are summed up by this brilliant modification of an old classic.

a lot of data

means a lot of stuff, a lot of people, a lot of geeking, and cake!

cop on a segway

probably the #1 reason why Lima rocked my world, other candidates included the very hot outfits they give to lady cops (what a great police force), ceviche, pisco sour, guinea pig, the best diet coke i’ve ever tasted, deliciously chill miraflores and a high prevalence of drinkable yoghurt and vintage cars

geeks and docs

2010 openMRS implementers meeting