A blast of pungent, loamy, putrid smell wafted by my nose. Next came an odd, indescribable sounds of protest - a whine, guttural groan & deep, back of the throat rumbling wrapped into one. Turning around I saw our beasts of burden for the first time - 3 camels that would accompany us on a … [Read more...] about 5 lessons from trekking with camels
Kenya is my new home. I've moved here after living my entire life in Canada. I find myself asking people, on a regular basis, where's home? If you've lived overseas for any length of time you'll understand the pregnant pause that happens when you ask someone where's home? A few ums are thrown … [Read more...] about Home is a pregnant pause & expat 'um'
Sometimes, if you're lucky, your path merges with individuals who make you think, bring a smile to your face, a warmth to your heart & inspire you to action. Juozas Cernius & Anita Vizsy are two such folks. They're in East Africa to document Canadians doing good work. It's part of a … [Read more...] about The HUMANitarians project; Juozas & Anita make me proud to be a Canadian
A forgotten bookmark in a dusty, old book, takes a chance, & well, magic happens. Like rediscovering an old friend, colleague or first love. Like rediscovering a love for learning, an appetite for adventure, a yearning for travel. Like thriving in the fast paced, complex, changing environment … [Read more...] about A forgotten bookmark & the 7 chapters of life
What is culture? 5 ways people from different countries learn differently (& 5 ways we all learn the same)
There will always misinterpretations of culture (like the photo above). I've done training & development work in Canada, the U.S., India, the Philippines, the Arctic, Japan, Mexico, Kenya, Saskatchewan, Uganda, Tanzania, Brazil, Spain, France, China and soon, Egypt with workshop participants … [Read more...] about What is culture? 5 ways people from different countries learn differently (& 5 ways we all learn the same)
Lessons in learning curves from Kenyan soap. If you're a regular reader you'll know that I've recently moved from Vancouver to Nairobi, Kenya. The learning curve is sometimes fun and fluid, and sometimes crazy and chaotic. It's got me thinking about how we, as trainers, know when we've 'got it'? … [Read more...] about Learning curve: how do you know when you've 'got it'? When your participants have got it?
Skip to the loo - why public toilets matter is a fascinating article by Michael Harris in the Walrus magazine. Have you ever been caught needing to use a public toilet and yet not being able to find one? Ever talked your way into a restaurant bathroom, in a restaurant that you weren't eating in, … [Read more...] about Perspective on public peeing – are public toilets a gift? (& other issues of access & inclusion)
I wholeheartedly identify with the little goldfish above. It was time for adventure, for embracing something bigger. So what did I do? I moved to Kenya naturally, to continue and expand on my training and development work. This is the third in series of posts, with four more things I've been … [Read more...] about My Kenyan deep dive into delight- part 3 of 3 Learning Kenyan style
I've unlocked a universal truth … shoes take up as much space as you allow them (4 more learnings about life in Kenya)
At home in Canada, what with our narrow entrance way, I was always after my kids and their friends to keep their shoes to the sides. But no, inevitably the shoes would end up smack in the middle of the entrance way. I lost count of how many times I tripped over them. Now in my new home, Kenya, it … [Read more...] about I've unlocked a universal truth … shoes take up as much space as you allow them (4 more learnings about life in Kenya)