||[Jul. 24th, 2007|10:55 pm]
i know it's been forever!|
i've just had SO much on, and haven't felt the inspiration to write.
things are good though - i've finished the final draft of my thesis (65,000 words) and at the moment it's being read by some people for feedback before i submit it for examination. so it's off my back for the time being, which is a very welcome relief.
i recently went to south africa for a conference trip, if you're interested you can check out some pics here. i have mixed feelings about my trip. i got some great professional feedback on my work, and the scenery and nature aspects of that part of africa are so stunning... BUT there's this constant underlying issue of crime. you really can't walk around anywhere without feeling in some degree of danger. we're talking muggings, car jackings, pickpockets, ATM scams - the last i experienced first-hand as two guys tried to bamboozle me at the ATM, taking my card and trying to get me to tell them my PIN. i gave them a fake PIN and got the hell outta there, narrowly escaping being robbed and the threat of physical harm. very scary. it filled me with sadness (after the shock/fear faded away) for such a beautiful country with such a shocking recent history (and a nearly-as-bad present)...