Did you know that I love the movie, The Count of Monte Cristo?

Did you know that I love the movie, The Count of Monte Cristo?  I can’t wait to read the book!

I’ve been thinking of this scene a lot lately.  You can see it played out in the trailer here.

Priest: In return for your help in digging this tunnel, I offer you something priceless.  Edmond: My freedom? Priest: No, freedom can be taken away, as you well know. I offer you my knowledge.

I absolutely can’t wait to read the book.  Never mind that it incorporates so much of my sport!  (Which I am really missing!  I need to find someone here that I can fence with…)  Anyway, I know already that  Alexandre Dumas will be one of my favourite authors.  Maybe I will try to read it in French.

It’s Friday!  Week 2 is now behind me.  I can’t believe how fast the time is going.  Every Friday we get security updates on the country and region for the weekend and upcoming week.  September already?  It doesn’t feel like it at all.

At work I am involved in capacity development and the transfer of learning, among a few other things.  Given that, I thought the following quotes were quite fitting so I’d like to share them.

I have two favourites. The first is one of them.

To look is one thing.    To see what you look at is another.  To understand what you see is a third.  To learn from what you understand is still something else.   But to act on what you learn is all that really matters.     -Michael LeBoeuf

I hear and I forget.  I see and I remember.  I do and I understand.      -Confucius     (Or Confucious – Does anyone know the proper spelling?)

…And of course, because I am also engaged in training at work…

First you tell ’em what you’re gonna tell ‘em;  You tell ‘em;  And then, you tell ‘em;  What you told ‘em.     -Anonymous

…And my other favourite…

Think as the wise men do, but speak as the common people do.   -Aristotle

It’s so amazing to be working somewhere where people switch languages between French and English depending on who walks down the hall.  I so want to continue improving my French.  This is definitely a good place for motivation.  Then again, it is supposedly easy to learn Swahili or Kiswahili and let’s admit it – that would be pretty cool too!

I had an amazing conversation with my roommate, Kerstin, last night.  It’s crazy how people from completely different countries, cultures and lives can have so much in common.  To all of you who were praying that I would find solid friends, thank you!  Unfortunately she leaves in a couple weeks but I have been so thankful for her friendship, especially for her kindness in helping me adapt to life here in Nairobi.

So now I am all set for the weekend.  Some time to relax is definitely welcomed.  As are the adventures I have lined up – exploring the city and some of the outskirts! This weekend started with a Friday afternoon Skype home (or Friday morning, depending where you are).  I loved it!  I am so so so thankful for technology!  Just to think that a couple years ago, 2007-2008 to be precise, I was in Ghana and there Skype did not exist is crazy!  It makes me realize how fast our world is changing!  For those of you who have Skype, but have not connected with me yet, here is my Skype Id: laura.gthomas

Until next time, with love from Nairobi!

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