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!)
Menorca – 1 year on
Tuesday, 17 October 2006
No amazing sailing trips this time, the 2006 EPIET Scientific Seminar felt like it was all about work.

Day One: arrive, after a delay in Barcelona airport ("we need to replace your plane") that we didn't object to, too much!

Day Two: performance at 11:30ish (my talk on Avian Influenza cases in Azerbaijan – during which the Powerpoint presentation went “you know what? I’m not gonna work for you” which meant I had to ‘talk people through’ a very difficult slide without the visual part!!!! GAH!) conference until 17:30, EPIET Alumni Meeting till 19:15, Drinks with Cohort 12 (gosh, did we look that young last year?) until 20:30 then dinner till whenever.

Day Three: conference until 17:30, including poster session (you stand by your poster and hope that people come ask you questions about it, which you then answer in your best ‘epi’ voice), dinner at 20:30 with dancing (I can’t do it…I just can’t) and home by 02:00 (we were far from being the last home, our enthusiasm was pathetic). In the meantime, some of us used this downtime to go to the bay for some smaller meetings.

Day Four: conference until 15:30, own time. I had a sleep, until meeting Cohort 10 and 11 people for dinner at 20:00 then trying some of the bars on the island with the Danish group.
Day Five: meeting till 14:00, bus to airport at 14:30. Final arrival home…

Day Six: 03:30 – to be at work by 08:00 (not happening – got in at 12:30 and gave myself a pat on the back as it was).

Consequently, I’m knackered. But the coordinators are even MORE shattered - after three gruelling weeks on Alcatraz Lazareto beforehand. I hate to see people in such a state...I just want to tuck them in with a hot water bottle and throw their alarm clocks out.

I don’t know why we (Cohort 11) were all so tired this year, in comparison to last. You’d have thought that three weeks of intensive learning and communication on Lazareto last year would have put more bags under our eyes than simply ‘turning up’ but no. Odd. Perhaps it was the sense of responsibility. Having spent HOURS going through other people’s presentations and posters, everyone who was up there performing (in whatever way) had us on the edges of our seats: “did they change their slides, will they fumble around the middle bit of the presentation, will they get nice questions and answer them both succinctly and scientifically?”. Not to mention the adrenalin rushes of our own performances dragging some tiredness out.

Tickets for Brazil are booked, the hotel has been looked at (discussions as to room-sharing are currently on-going) and our darling organisers are arguing about the fact we can’t successfully register online and are risking having to pay more in person when we get there. The website is a mess – it seems epi’s aren’t so keen on having pretty front-ends (ha ha ha) – but you’re welcome to park your aching eyes here.*

That is, of course, after you’ve checked out the photos!!

River, darling, still waiting on the mumps report – apologies for delay, everyone in the office is buggering off to Slovakia for the rest of the week. *sigh*

*If anyone can explain to me why the Tephinet website has an 'oil rig' scribbled onto it - then please feel free. I'm more confused than ever.

posted by Nomes @ Tuesday, October 17, 2006  
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