The Adventure Continues...

Rants, raves and random observations from an itinerant epidemiologist.

100 in 1000
  1. Spend a week up a mountain learning to ski
  2. Visit Karoline's place in Moravia
  3. Hold a conversation in Czech (only)
  4. Drink 500ml of each of the following beers:
    1. Pilsner
    2. Staroprammen
    3. Budvar
    4. Velke Popovice
    5. U Fleku
    6. Gambrinus
    7. Krusovice
  5. Respond to at least one GOARN request (WHO and MSF are also acceptable)
  6. Travel across the Atlantic
  7. Return to South America
  8. Read a book to, or with, an impressionably aged child
  9. Participate in one NanoWriMo Challenge and come within at least 10,000 words of the goal length
  10. Have my nose pierced
  11. Have my next tattoo drawn
  12. Purchase the perfect jeans (x 2 pairs)
  13. Attend a spin class 3 times a week for 8 consecutive weeks
  14. Bake Viv's cheesecake
  15. Make David's casserole
  16. Make David's Chicken Cashew-nut Stirfry
  17. Invite 4 people who don't know one another too well to dinner
  18. Ride from Vienna to Venice on a motorbike (pillion acceptable, those less desirable)
  19. Attend a book group for at least two books
  20. Go on a choir weekend (learn and perform difficult piece in two/three days)
  21. Visit Madame Tussaud's (in London)
  22. Take an architecture appreciation course
  23. Join an all-girl group and sing a solo
  24. Publish in a scientific journal (top two authors)
  25. Cook a duck or other 'waterfowl'.
  26. Locate the Al-Timimi's from Doha Veterinary Practise
  27. Have a pedicure
  28. Maintain a Brazilian (ouch) for three months.
  29. Find a trustworthy Czech hairdresser
  30. Treat my inner-6-year-old twice a week (at least)
  31. Do the liver-cleansing diet properly (12 weeks)
  32. Don't eat out for one month
  33. Find a flat and flatmate
  34. Purchase one Joseph sweater
  35. Purchase one of the following pairs of designer shoes (they MUST also be COMFORTABLE, and be able to be worn with 4 different outfits and 2 types of occasion): Jimmy Choos, Manolo Blahniks, Christian Louboutin (Ebay or 2nd hand are acceptable)
  36. Send 5 books to the booksphere and track them.
  37. Go hanggliding
  38. Read 10 'classic' books (from 1001 Books to Read before you Die)
    1. Moll Flanders
    2. Everything is illuminated
    3. Madam Bovary
    4. Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintainance
    5. Catch-22
    6. Odysseus
    7. On the Road
  1. Run (non-stop!) for 5kms outside (preferably in a street race thingy)
  2. Send Christmas Cards on time
  3. Make a collage/mural out of street lights on my wall
  4. Buy a bed, build it, and sleep soundly in it
  5. Go to Africa
  6. Host an 'event' (classified as and when)
  7. Organise a 30th Birthday Party
  8. Wear a costume
  9. Sing on stage
  10. Buy a painting that evokes memories of Prague (cannot involve queues!)
  11. Learn a god-damned card game that stays in my memory (other than fish/snap)
  12. See sunrise. Be sober. Have woken for it. Excludes months Nov-Mar
  13. Take a walk and flip coins at each intersection
  14. Win something
  15. Draft a will
  16. Take a roadtrip
  17. Go to Italy already
  18. Sea Kayak around Abel Tasman Park (NZ)
  19. Get plants
  20. Take a train to another Eastern European Destination (accession countries are acceptable) alone preferably.
  21. Get UK to give me a provisional motorcyclists license and simultaneously get a 'card' license.
  22. Go SCUBA diving again - at least two dives lasting 30mins each.
  23. Go to a dentist. *sigh*
  24. Do a Czech Wine Trail. And live to tell the tale
  25. Make an 'outbreak emergency kit'.
  26. Go to bed prior to 11pm every night (inc weekends) for four consecutive weeks.
  27. Marvel over lack of tiredness
  28. Dine at a Gordon Ramsey restaurant (or Nobu)- preferably for free.
  29. Bet on the nags
  30. Do something for charity (applying and getting a 'red card' will count)
  31. Walk along the Champs Elysee
  32. Do 100 sit ups in a row
  33. Do 50 pressups (arms in tight)
  34. Make branston pickle (or nearest substitute)
  35. Cook something 'new' and 'adventurous' at least once a month
  36. Find a mentor
  37. Be a mentor
  38. Learn what mentoring is all about
  39. Meet an online person in real life
  40. Resist the flirt. Once. Just one night. It's okay if people don't immediately succumb to my natural charm. Really it is.
  41. Spend time at a spa (spa towns in the CR don't count)
  42. Send a care package to someone
  43. Get a Tata Bojs CD
  45. Order new contact lenses.
  46. Make a list of things I take with me when I pack for different occasions
  47. Eat lobster. Prepared by someone else.
  48. Back up the blog
  49. Put everything onto an external hard drive
  50. Find a DDR mat and console and 'dance, I say dance!'�
  51. Go to the beach and lie on the warm sand. For an hour. (with sunscreen on, natch)
  52. Take and complete a course in either: Tango, Salsa or Flamenco
  53. Join the Municipal Library of Prague
  54. Move to another country
  55. Go to a live concert of a band I actually like
  56. Pay off debts (student loan excl.)
  57. Send thank you cards for every gift I receive (other than the gift of happiness, blah blah blah).
  58. Get an agent (literary or theatre)
  59. Go to a sports bar without cringing, by personal choice
  60. Ride a rollercoaster
  61. Hold a snake
  62. Spend a day wandering around a museum (not art gallery!)
Baku Apartment Hunting
Tuesday, 7 March 2006
We've just moved into a flat this evening. IT'S HUGE!!! My entire place at home fits into the lounge - easily. We've got parquet floors, chandeliers, the works. It includes all our linen, electricity, hot water, gas stove etc, for a mere US$80/day (which, when you compare living autonomously to the hotel which was US$100ish a day EACH, it's a lot more economical!). There are even three bedrooms AND a balcony that gets afternoon sun, overlooking the city and the Caspian sea. It's just amazing. The ONLY downside (thus far, we've only JUST moved in) is that our internet connectoin is the rather slow dialup - so it's a little painful!!!

Still, we've everything we need, and then some, so we're not complaining (yet!).

And I've been totally put to shame by Andreas' amazing toiletries bag. It's about the same size as my little black makeup bag. Whereas my toiletries bag...well, let's just say I can take it OUT of my suitcase and not pay excess baggage charges!!! So I've got almost two thirds of the shelf in the bathroom...

There's a washing machine (hoorah!) but it's rather old style. There's a washing basin on teh side, which you fill manually, tell it that you're washing something, and then it does it's spin thing. Essentially a top loader without a spindle. But then, rather incredibly, on the other side, is another, smaller toploader (approximately 20cm diameter) which is the spin dryer. We're both rather impressed...but doubt that we'll wash much more than underwear in it.

So far, I've experienced both more variety and more exercise on this mission than in the entire two weeks of my last. We've been to an Azeri, Georgian AND a Persian restaurant so far for dinner. We've walked around a little bit, exploring (not too much, and only really at night apart from the interminable waiting for landlords outside buildings).

Anyway, photos (taken by Andreas) are up. Work tomorrow - though it's international womans day. And now, it's time for baklava and coffee - to christen our flat. No christening in the 'normal' way, since Andreas and I BOTH go for men (and have been discussing the variants here in great depth!!!).
posted by Nomes @ Tuesday, March 07, 2006  
  • At 2:13 am, March 08, 2006, Blogger Mums said…

    Hi GNomes,
    your washing machine sounds like the ones I used at boarding school - in 1971!
    Delighted to hear that you've found a place already, makes staying in Baku so much better. Altogether it sounds like you may even get to enjoy your stay there this time, as well as working hard.
    Thanks for the txt for your Pa's birthday - we had a lovely day - lunch at the sailing club (a Moreton Bay Bug Baguette for those who need this kind of information - somehwat like a lobster tail), followed by going to yet another workshoppy type store, and me not saying "Bored now" within the first ten minutes. But he enjoys such places, and it's only once a year. (Not the going into these stores, only me not declaiming immediately).
    Back to work today, not good after a Moet last night. And it's raining. Stairrods for ages. Think we might have to turn off the watering hoses. Somewhat surplus to requirements.
    Going to check out your photos now. Trouble is it's going to make you dissatisfied with your flat in Prague.....
    Love Mums

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