Thursday, January 28, 2010

deciphering un speak

i got an email that requests me to send in all my vaccination information... and gives me a list of things that i would need to bring... and a list of contact details of the people on the ground and the geneva head office... and a sign off saying 'wishing you a good trip!'... and a list of medical risks... and instructions on how to get to the border from the capital of the dominican republic...

i have no idea what this means.  am i going?  what would i do?  am i prepared to live in a tent?  can i possibly only pack 15kg worth of stuff?

it feels strange to be mildly (or extremely, if i am being honest) excited about the prospect of going to haiti.  and terrified because i do not speak french.  but what does that message mean?!

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

go!
xo

lu said...

thanks mama.
xoxo

k said...

You'd really think they'd be crystal clear in an email.

Good luck with whatever it is the email says you will be doing or not doing :)

lu said...

i don't think 'crystal clear' is in their vocabulary...

but i confirmed with a friend that her colleague received the same email, so maybe they just sent it out to everyone on the roster??

oh well, i sent in my vaccination record and am doing some more waiting. but i did email them to see if they can provide me any additional information.

k said...

just show up in the dominican, say you're ready to go, and bring your bathing suit and beach reading just in case ;-)

lu said...

now THAT is an idea!

Heather said...

French smrench... You'll have a great time. I like K's idea.

Kels said...

Je ne parle pas le français should be enough lady. you should go this is what you have been waiting for (and I don't mean for Haiti to get slammed I mean to apply all you have learned and prepared for)

lu said...

it is not really a question of if i want to go, but if they want me to come! still waiting for more news...

lu said...

UPDATE: the woman who emailed me has no additional information, but was instructed to get the first round of people's medical records in order and i happen to be in the first round of people. i interpret this as a good thing. but still waiting...