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Thursday, May 10, 2007

The Conference

People working in fair trade. From all around the world. Come together every other year. For an international meeting. Hundreds of people. From dozens of countries. My inbox has news. Every day. Of who got visas from their Belgian embassies. And who did not.

For me. The next week will be a blur of meetings. As I pass people, they stop. And say. Can we meet? I pull a small crumpled grid out my pocket. And look for a slot. And scribble them in. A full schedule. Of meetings before breakfast and at breakfast. During breaks. At lunch and dinner. Between sessions. After sessions. Until late into the night.

Add: Looks like for Friday, I've got a big block of time at JFK. I arrive in Belgium in Saturday morning and take the train to the coast.

10 Comments:

Blogger Tink said...

You should fill a couple slots up for meetings with yourself. ;)

8:25 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

I hope there's some time for fun in there. Or maybe these are the kind of meetings that ARE fun?

9:01 AM  
Blogger anonymouse said...

but is it fun? is it worth it?

9:42 AM  
Blogger thailandchani said...

As always, travel safe. Meetings are obnoxious... but the good you are doing will hopefully override the annoyance. :)


Peace,

~Chani

1:01 PM  
Blogger QT said...

I'm with tink - pencil yourself in there for a few blocks of time.

IS this the kind of things that is fun and energizing for you or not so much?

1:10 PM  
Blogger meno said...

It sounds exhausting. I wish you safe travel and look forward to hearing about it later.

3:42 PM  
Blogger KC said...

Hope it's worthwhile and a nice meeting of the minds.

8:38 PM  
Blogger jen said...

L, keep your ears open. there's got to be someone who could use someone like me...

safe travels.

10:24 PM  
Blogger Potato Print said...

Hi Lucia,
I'm back in BlogLand! Wow, your telegraphic style has me concerned. I'm not sure if you are doing it for humor, or if it's because you feel that fragmented. I vote with TINK and QT: pencil in an hour that says "Lucia."

Meetings are often draining, but then you come home with all sorts of new contacts and ideas.

10:35 PM  
Blogger gr said...

well, Belgium=beer, so hopefully...

6:40 AM  

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