November 21, 2005

Writer's Blog

I must admit that I'm a little wiped out by the whole Congo experience right now. There are so many little things happening around me that don't phase me anymore.

I think I'm scarred forever: I'm afraid I'll still be driving like a maniac when I get back to the States. I'll be counting and examining each and every bill for sign of wear and tear. I'll be locking my car doors and checking they are still locked 2 times before I walk away from the car. I'll be making sure to have little bills around to pay the various people helping with my errands. I'll be avoiding tap water like the plague. I'll refuse to do errands unless I feel like I'm ready to tackle the crowds.

I was having a long conversation about blogging and my sudden lack of interest in writing down my experiences with Diego and Lulu .

Lulu said: "So you're having Writer's Blog?"

What can I say? Yesterday, I found out that if I'm paying someone, the rate of change is CFA500 to the dollar, and if someone is paying me the rate of change suddenly drops to CFA450 to the dollar. My cleaning lady took my $10 for three tomatoes, 2 avocadoes, 2 carrots and some greens. I was quoted the price of $20 to decode my cell phone. My phone bill is astronomical.

We had a whole conversation on Air Miles and I'm proud to say that Air Miles are more complicated than a Johnny Cockran contract. Did you know for example that you get more Air Miles if you apply for a card from the United States than from France? That there is a secret form on the internet that allows you to add miles you may have forgotten without dealing with Air France Flight Attendants? That you can be up-graded without hassle for having a Silver status? That the attendants give you champagne before you board the flight if you are frequent customer?

Somehow, traveling seems so much less glamorous.

6 comments:

Ammo said...

I'm sorry to hear the Congo experience is weighing down on you... But I'm sure that in a few years, you'll only remember the positive parts! Like learning how to make yoghurt :)

007 in Africa said...

Thanks ammo...I can always count on you to read and post a few comments!

Magali said...

I totally went into yogurt withdrawal during my 6 months in Mali...I'll tell Will to get you a yogurt machine and some yeast for Christmas. They work really well and are worth the investment - and you can experiment with fruit flavors!

Magali

PS - where can I get that secret form for logging my miles?

Garci said...

My dear Madame Bond... and everyone else interested...

The secret of redeeming miles online..:
(Or at least, for those with Air France and KLM)....

Log in to www.airfrance.fr and use your card number or login name. Next, when presented with your "overview", chose " Flying Blue : Votre compte" in the "vos raccourcis" section.

Next, on the sidebar named "Flying blue", go to "Gagner des miles"
and finally, on the right, in a blue square, chose the "Vos miles n'apparaissent pas sur votre compte?"....

and there you go, a hassle free, not 100% effective, automated, mile claiming form...

For more info, just let me know!

See ya!

007 in Africa said...

Thanks Garci!

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