Settling in After a Long Trip

I arrived on the AU campus around 8:00 PM Saturday after two long days of flying, with layovers in Washington, DC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Lusaka, Zambia. A driver from AU met me at the airport for the four hour drive to campus. All went well except that I kept dozing off to sleep on the drive! The driver understood my jet lag, and since I wasn’t doing the driving, that was OK. Other than being long, the flights went well, and I met some interesting people. A team of builders from “Builders Without Borders” was headed for Ruwanda to build a school for a faith-based NGO there. Evidently they have done this in quite a few countries. They are clearly very efficient as the entire school is being built in two weeks! I was impressed by this and by the “Can-Do” attitude conveyed by the team. Then on the flight from Addis to Zimbabwe, I met a team of young people from UK who will be doing volunteer work with an organization that cares for homeless children. What a great group!

Today was my first day back in the Faculty of Health Sciences. The faculty spent the day hearing and commenting on research proposals from our second-year MPH students. They’ve done a lot of the preparatory work for this already. I’m sure they will do a good job of evaluating current health problems and investigating ways of improving health in Zimbabwe. It was a full day, and it’s going to be an interesting semester!



  1. Glad to hear you are safely arrived and already in action!

  2. Thanks Ed. Glad you had a safe journey. it is inspiring to hear about the work you and other organizations do for and with others. Enjoy the start of your semester!


  3. Hi, Ed! Glad to hear that the trip went well and that you are already getting into the swing of university life again. Lois

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