The Sahel

The Sahel

Since my visit to Honduras in March of 2012, there was a lot of speculation on the next response. South Sudan had been brewing, but settled somewhat. As I was boarding the plane back to Costa Rica, I got that call from Chris in Mali. This was the coup and he and Chris needed an evacuation plan. After that, I headed to Mexico, never thinking there could be a requirement in the Sahel. Continue reading → The Sahel

Jordan 2018

Jordan 2018

Normally I would be writing a story about my second trip to Cape Town following Cyprus. Instead, I want to fast forward to Jordan 2018. My blog posts may bounce from time-to-time, just to change things up. I wanted to write this story now while it is fresh in my mind and share with my followers. Continue reading → Jordan 2018

HARD Finale

HARD Finale

Following my vacation in Spain, it was time to get back to it on the HARD response. This would be the finale, the last 6 weeks of my deployment, which would take me into November. There were only a few things during the final six weeks that really stood out in my mind. Continue reading → HARD Finale

R&R – Spain

R&R – Spain

After the safari day with Doug, it was back to the response. The time in Nairobi was pretty quiet and I was beginning to prepare for my first R&R. Instead of returning to Costa Rica, I decided to take my vacation in Spain. Since R&R was a paid vacation all in, why not take advantage of seeing new places. Continue reading → R&R – Spain

Nairobi Safari

Nairobi Safari

By this point I was starting to forget that we were in the middle of a category III humanitarian response. Having had the whirlwind trip from Canada via Costa Rica and a week in Ethiopia, time was moving. Following the week of Hostile Environment Awareness Training, it seemed only fitting to go on a Nairobi Safari! Continue reading → Nairobi Safari

Nairobi HEAT

Nairobi HEAT

Having returned to Nairobi on August 20, I was ready to assist with the Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT). Before the Nairobi HEAT, I needed to settle into my new apartment in Westlands. My apartment at the Gardens Apartments was a two bedroom on the sixth floor of a six story building. The thing with Nairobi, however, no elevators! This meant stairs and lots of exercise…just don’t forget anything! Continue reading → Nairobi HEAT

Ethiopia – HARD Response

Ethiopia HARD Response

Part of the HARD response included Ethiopia. Tristen and I had arrived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia shortly after midnight on August 15. Our mission was to perform assessments of the two Dolo’s in South Eastern Ethiopia. What I remember most about arriving in Ethiopia was the flight attendants announcement. She informed the passengers that we were to refrain from smoking until we were off the plane. Continue reading → Ethiopia – HARD Response

Kenya – HARD Response

HARD Response

On August 4, 2011, I received the call that I was deploying to Kenya as part of the HARD response. This would be my official deployment with the GRRT. The Horn of Africa Response – Drought, HARD as it became known, was based out of Nairobi, Kenya. Having been on annual leave in Canada when I received the notice, I had to make a quick turnaround. Continue reading → Kenya – HARD Response