Author Archives: Ritsu

Greetings from Malé!

[edit: Ritsu is doing a workshop im Malé, Maldives, and no, it is not all hanging out in the infinity pool all day. In fact, she is so busy that I only received this one picture without any comment … … Continue reading

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Greetings from Yangon!

After a long trip via Frankfurt and Bangkok, I arrived in Yangon, Myanmar, safely. The hotel we are staying is Sedona hotel, a Singaporean company. It is surprisingly crowded (my boss who went there a few years ago told me … Continue reading

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Greetings from Tiranë

Tiranë is the capital of Albania, which I heard is the poorest country in Europe. Before I came, I didn’t know what to expect… Although it’s supposed to be “poor”, the country is aiming at joining the EU. When I … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Peter!!

Today is Peter’s birthday!!! We went up to the mountains by the cable car just close to our hotel and hiked for a couple of hours. Again, Julius walked very well. Just like last year on Peter’s birthday, it started … Continue reading

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Greetings from Samarkand!

The workshop is finally over yesterday and I went to Samarkand, one of the biggest tourist attractions in Uzbekistan, with my Nepalese colleague today. My friend Kyoko, who works here in Tashkent, offered her car and driver to go there. … Continue reading

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More food stories from Serbia

I know I didn’t come here for food, but for work… but we had a fantastic meal again tonight!! When we went out with one of our colleagues yesterday evening, I showed her my list of food items which I … Continue reading

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Ritsu sending greetings and foodpic from Belgrade

First night in Belgrade, one of our colleagues who works for the UN here as a human rights specialist took us to a very nice restaurant up on the hills. The atmosphere was great with a large outside seating area. … Continue reading

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Ritsu is sending greetings from Tajikistan!

Before I came here, I heard many people saying that Tajikistan is one of the most remote and isolated places in the world… Well, having been to the remote island countries like Kiribati and Solomon Islands, Dushanbe does not feel … Continue reading

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We are back and having an Internet problem

Just a quick note to let readers know that we are back in Turin, but having yet another problem with the Internet access! Hope we can get back online soon…

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Sushi with Hitomi & Jeff

For the last dinner in Washington D.C., we went for a Japanese restaurant with my friend, Hitomi and her partner Jeff. The restaurant was called ‘Sushi Taro‘ and located very close to Dupont Circle. When we got there, we found … Continue reading

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Changing hotels in Khartoum

When I moved from Meridian to Holiday Villa, where we are staying now, I thought Holiday Villa is much nicer. But I had to change my mind last night – while almost finishing my dinner, a Malaysian dish, I found … Continue reading

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Back to Khartoum

Yesterday morning, I was told that I was on the waiting list for the UN flight to Juba. Fingers crossed, after the workshop finished successfully around noon, my colleague and I went to the airport. There were many UN peace … Continue reading

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Greetings from Juba

On wednesday, we finally got on a comercial plane to go to Juba. To take the 7:30am flight, we had to be at the airport at 4:30am! For a domestic flight! Anyways, the trip was smooth and we arrived at … Continue reading

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Greetings from Sudan!

So, I arrived in Sudan‘s capital, Khartoum, safely yesterday. The flight via Frankfurt was uneventful and we were picked up at the airport by a UN driver. Somehow, the city reminds me a lot of the Solomon Islands. The buildings, … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday!

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