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Guest Post: Rough Travel with Style

Today we have a guest post from J. covering how he packs for some of his work travel. Many people have asked me what I wear and what I take with me when I go on missions in the field. It really depends on the circumstances—and it can vary drastically even on the same trip. I may be meeting a government minister in one meeting and then, the same day, be rushing off in Land Cruiser to a remote village for the next meeting.  I have to be very mobile and my clothes and gear need to keep up with me. Suits I ask a lot of my suits. They need to be: Proper and formal—appropriate for meeting with government officials Durable (i.e. need to be able to take a beating and still look good) Comfortable in all types of weather Breathe easily Repel stains Have plenty of pockets to carry all sorts of gear. The key here is the ability to have certain items on you and not just with you. In other words, I very much …

Guest Blog Post from J.

When did you live in Nairobi and for how long?  I first lived in Nairobi from 1984 to 1989, about five years. Had you been back to visit between then and now? Not really, just once back in in 90s for a conference in Central Business District – It was only a day so I didn’t even have a chance to leave the hotel. So, no, I really haven’t been back to visit. What were your initial thoughts when moving here became a real option? It was very mixed. At first, I thought,”Do we really want to do this? Do we really want to move away from home?” New York has been my home for over 20 years and it has been the place I have lived in the longest. It’s the place I identify with. Did I want to leave this? Then later, I thought, “This could be a real adventure, but in somewhat familiar territory.” I was ready for a change and this became a great opportunity. Not only career-wise, but for personal …