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Monday, May 14, 2007

Belgium: Snapshot of a Day

I. Am. Exhausted. At the end of every day when I go to this conference I feel this way. I get too little sleep and have long busy days. Yesterday, a woman was looking for me among the 300 people who are here, and she said it really wasn't so hard, she just asked on her way down the hall, and everyone seemed to have an idea in what direction I was heading or where I was. I think I'm fairly unassuming, but respected. In large part because of the organization I work for and, I think, because I really listen when I'm working, because I believe that our partners in other countries know much more than I do.

I went to some conference sessions, and in between, on top of, before, after, during meals, and in the hall, I had meetings with colleagues and friends from Nepal, the West Bank, Kenya, the Philippines, Thailand, and India. We talked about natural dyes for wool and cotton. Sending interns. Organic certification of olive oil. Reducing our environmental footprint. Soapstone carving. Opening a new store in Chiang Mai. Inflation of the Indian rupee. I love the variedness. Dipping into and out of topics. Like swimming in the deep end of the pool.

8 Comments:

Blogger QT said...

I would love that variety of topics, too - keeps me feeling revitalized when I go to a big conference like that -

like BlogHer (hint hint):)

7:24 PM  
Blogger Maggie said...

Once again, the big world small world feeling. How in the world do you keep up with so many subjects? Amazing and fascinating and exhilerating. I'm so glad the conference to a turn for the better.

7:32 PM  
Blogger jen said...

the most exotic swimming pool in the world, sister. by far.

i'd love to be a fly on the wall there, watching the magic.

10:22 PM  
Blogger Rebekah said...

It's exciting and interesting and exhausting, I'm guessing.

You travel so much... jealously in my little heart.

11:33 PM  
Blogger thailandchani said...

Wonderful conversation. Yes. I miss that, too. That's one of the things I miss most about sitting around on the ground with a circle of Thai friends.


Peace,

~Chani

11:35 PM  
Blogger Tink said...

What I wouldn't give for interesting conversations like that! Instead I get...

"Where's the toner?"
"How do you spell 'which'?"
"Can you do that totally pointless spreadsheet I had you work on for two hours yesterday again?"

12:56 PM  
Blogger Susan as herself said...

Sounds like interesting topics indeed! Glad you are enjoying the trip. :)

3:35 PM  
Blogger pei wei said...

you sound like you're good at your job, but you also sound like you need a holiday.

4:09 PM  

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