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October 21, 2007

News update on the Monk

The Monk reached his final destination in Libya yesterday after spending a night in Tripolis. The place that will be home for the next two weeks is surrounded by the desert but only a few miles away from the sea.

Work has started to today, yes, on a Sunday. At the moment his biggest problem seems to be communication with the people around him. Apparently it is not a place where English is one of the better known let alone spoken languages.

Well, sounds like the Monk is in for a lot of interesting experiences and hopefully a bit of fun too during the next couple of weeks.

Posted by Mausi at October 21, 2007 10:20 AM

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Thanks for keeping us updated!

Posted by: vw bug at October 21, 2007 03:11 PM

Just wave your arms and speak slowly and very loudly. They'll soon learn.

(Damned inconvenient these foreign-johnnies not speaking English. Bad form, don't you know.)

Posted by: Gorse Fox at October 21, 2007 04:35 PM

Mausi agrees with the Gorse Fox - damned inconvenient. However, as a German you never really expect people talking your own language when you go abroad. So you try to pick up bits and pieces to make yourself understood. Mausi remembers very well standing on Copenhagen's market place more than twenty years ago trying to buy some fruit. Everything had to be conducted in sign language and Mausi felt like a complete fool. She often wondered what it would be like the other way round - being greeted in your own tongue wherever you go, or almost everywhere...

Posted by: Mausi at October 21, 2007 08:45 PM