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last entry? [Apr. 28th, 2010|07:15 am]
ammedley
This journal is old. I do not maintain it any longer at this time. This journal was created, primarily, as a creative outlet and an archive of my time in Peace Corps in Mauritania. I am now too busy with work and other things that I lack the time to just sit and blog. RIP
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I got a job!!! [Jan. 31st, 2007|07:07 pm]
ammedley
[mood |happyhappy]

Well, today I had my second interview at JSI (John Snow, Inc) and then later this afternoon I got a call from HR offering me the position. So, starting Monday I will be a Program Coordinator in the Immunization Basics Project -- http://www.immunizationbasics.jsi.com/. The job is in Rosslyn, VA, so I will have about a 40 minute commute by public transport every day to get to work (including about 15 minutes of walking). I am very excited about the job. It was my number one pick for jobs. I interviewed for it back in December but wasn't able to have my second interview until today because the program director was out of the country on work. So... after two months of searching, I finally have work. Not too bad.
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Foreign Service Oral Assessment [Jan. 29th, 2007|11:46 pm]
ammedley
[Current Location |Washington, DC]
[mood |melancholymelancholy]
[music |Live -- Dance with You]

Well I spent all day today taking the FSOA (7am-4pm).... and I failed. I got a 4.60 (out of 7; a 5.25 is the minimum passing score) and did not pass a single section on the FSOA. I was very disappointed... I wasn't expecting to pass but would have had least liked to have passed one or two of the three sections. Perhaps I will try again some day, but at the moment I am focused on trying to find employment here DC.

This past weekend I attended the anti Iraq war protest here in DC and had a housewarming party at my house the same night. The pictures from both events are posted on my smugmug page (medley.smugmug.com).
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Living in DC now... and still job hunting... [Jan. 19th, 2007|12:02 am]
ammedley
Ok, so I moved to DC just two days before the New Year. I had high hopes of finding a job by mid January... but of course that didn't happen. I am still applying for jobs and interviewing and looking for something temporary in the meantime to pay the bills. Now I am shooting for a good job by mid-February, inshallah. I have applied for more than 70 jobs and interviewed/spoken with people at at-least 15 different places, but nowhere that I want to work has offered me a job yet--so the search continues. With a year long lease I am pretty locked into DC too, but that's ok because this is where I want to be. I live in a house with two other guys; I have a very small room (so commensurately small rent) but the house is nice and the location is ok. Guests are welcome to crash on our couches. Perhaps by the time I next post on LJ I will be able to say that I have a job! I still have a 2nd interview for the sweet job at JSI coming up the end of the month (talk about really spread out 1st and 2nd interviews--more than a month apart!) and I also have the Foreign Service Oral Assessment at the end of January as well. I've stayed fairly busy searching, applying, and interviewing for jobs, visiting museums, and hanging out with friends. Once I start work I will be much busier but I will have a steady income (currently I am just draining savings, which is not fun) and will be able to really feel like I have accomplished something at the end of every day (I hope).
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Job hunting in DC [Dec. 20th, 2006|04:04 pm]
ammedley
Well, I am starting to make progress on finding a job in DC. I have now applied for more than 50 jobs in DC and so far have interviewed for 4 jobs--I have two more interviews this week. I interviewed for a job with ACDI/VOCA today that I really really like and I have another interview for a job, at JSI, on Friday that I would really like to have as well. The other jobs that I am interviewing for are not nearly as exciting to me... so I hope that I get one of the ones that I want. One of the jobs is just too much of a commute but would be a nice place to work and I think they might actually offer me a job there. Thanks to everyone who has helped me in my job search, with my resume, and with networking! (if any of you read this...) I'll update this journal again when I actually get a job, inshallah. I will be in Harrisonburg from Dec 23-28, after that I wil be in DC. Happy Holidays!
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Moving to DC [Dec. 14th, 2006|02:41 pm]
ammedley
Ok... so I am back in the US and I was thinking that I was going to hang around Harrisonburg for the spring... but then it looked like I was going to have a hard time getting into the classes I wanted at JMU, I didn't think that I could live at home anymore (I've been independent for the last 2 years), I started looking more seriously at grad schools and I think I can get out of the prerequisite classes that I thought I was going to have to take, and I wen to visit DC and it was so much fun... and working there would give me a lot of experience, good contacts, and make me some money to help pay for grad school with. So... I am moving to DC the end of December. I have a place to live already... now I am just looking for a job. Hopefully within a month, at most, I will have a job--inshallah. If you are in the DC area and need a place to stay (after the 1st of the year) just let me know (that is, if I at least halfway know you and you are not some completely random person reading my blog). I have a cell phone (verizonwireless)... feel free to give me a call: 540-421-8529. Otherwise, if you want to get in contact with me either leave a comment on a livejournal post or email me at andrew@andrewmedley.com (I just signed up to keep my domain name and web hosting service for an indefinite period into the future). Also... I am on facebook now, so look me up there if you're into wasting large amounts of time online networking and what not. (Hey, I'm not criticizing those who spend large amounts of time online... because that would be like the kettle calling the pot black. I have been spending my days online recently, since I don't have a job and am looking for work.)
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back in the USA [Nov. 21st, 2006|09:04 pm]
ammedley
Well... after being gone from the US for nearly 29 months, I am back. I had an excellent last month in Europe. After France I took a train to Barcelona and then flew to Lisbon. From Lisbon I went by bus to Seville and then train to Cordoba and bus again to Granada, Mallaga, Gibraltar, and the port of Algeciras for the ferry to Morocco. I ferried across to Tanger and took a train to Fes. In Fes I met up with a couple COSed PCVs from Mauritania and we traveled down to Marrakesh and Essouria. I then went up into the Atlas Mountains and visited another friend who is a Peace Corps Volunteer there. From Marrakesh I flew to Madrid, spent a couple days there, and then flew to New York. The US is nice... but I actually enjoyed Europe a lot. I am a little bit sad to be back... mostly because it means that I have to actually *do stuff* now like find work and move on with life. The food in Europe was great... and so were the museums, the art, the architecture, and the scenery, etc. I will be posting the rest of my pictures shortly.
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Europe is nice... [Oct. 23rd, 2006|06:44 pm]
ammedley
I am in France right now... and it has been a while since I have posted anything to LiveJournal. After leaving Egypt, I spent one day in Malta, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Then I took an overnight boat to Sicily where I stayed with a nice young Sicilian university student for 3 days; I visited Mt Etna, an active volcano and the ancient city of Syracuse. From Sicily I headed north to Rome. I really really enjoyed Rome. I stayed with a nice Roman couple and enjoyed socializing with them, as well as checking out all the gorgeous sights during the day. There is so much art and fantastic architecture in Rome. The Vatican Museum and St Peter's Basilica were amazing. One day I took a day trip from Rome down to Naples and had perhaps the best pizza I've ever eaten. Also saw some nice art there, as well. From Rome I headed north to Florence which was also amazing. I trooped around Museums for 2 days and saw tons of great art. After Florence I went to Venice... and I was tired. My feet hurt and I didn't enjoy walking nearly as much. The crowds of tourists in Venice may have been even bigger than in Florence and I didn't feel like visiting any more Museums. It is a fairy tale city... canals everywhere; no cars or trucks, just boats for transport (and your feet). But I found the slightly smelly water, the dirty streets, the crowds, and the annoying birds (seagulls and pigeons) to be a bit too much for me just then. From Venice I headed to Milan. Milan is a big city and has a wonderful public transportation system. The youth hostel I stayed at was kind of crummy and I couldn't get into the art gallery that I had wanted to because you have to book at least 2 weeks in advance... so I walked around and saw some other, lesser art and the huge Duomo (cathedral). After Milan I went to Genoa. I saw some more nice art there and visited the aquarium--but unfortunately I went on a Sunday and was joined by way too many other weekend visitors. After Genoa I pressed on to Nice where I spent the week staying with a nice British family. I visited the nearby artist village of St Paul de Vence and the city Nice as well as Monaco Monte-Carlo. The aquarium in Monaco was nice and less crowded than in Genoa. I saw some nice modern art in Nice (and a bit in St Paul, as well)... but a lot of the modern art that I saw, I didn't care for much. Unfortunately the Picasso and Matisse museums were both closed. But the Mark Chagall museum was open, and I really enjoyed his works--especially his very colorful paintings of biblical scenes. Now I am in a little village about a half hour drive north and east of Cahors, still in the south of France (north of Toulouse about an hour by train). It is very very green and very pretty here--and quite cool and drizzly as well. Yesterday and today we went out and collected wild mushrooms (it actually took a fair bit of walking around and looking before we found a kind that we recognized as safe and good to eat). From here I will head south to Barcelona... later this week. Then from there I will fly to Lisbon. Last week I booked a flight home and will fly from Madrid to NYC on Nov 20, in time for Thanksgiving. ....pictures are pretty up-to-date on medley.smugmug.com
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The trip so far... [Oct. 1st, 2006|08:33 pm]
ammedley
So... my last brief Journal entry was from Athens. Since then I have been in Israel and Jordan and am in Egypt now getting ready to go to Malta tonight. Israel was nice; Petra was cool, but Jordan was slightly less nice (culture is too conservative and the seperation of men and women is too much for me). Egypt has been ok, but a lot of hassle--that's what happens when relatively rich people interact with relatively poorer ones, I think. Additionally, its Ramadan now so people are crabbier and sites close early and there isn't as much food or drink available during the day and most adults aren't eating or drinking anyway--at least not in public. But it is neat to see everyone break fast at sundown; it is very communal. People stand at the intersections and give dates and juice away to passing motorists who have to be on the road at sunset (like our taxi drivers) and there are big meals, many of which I think are free, in the market area and around mosques. But anyway... I'll be glad to get back to Europe where even though it is much more expensive, there is less hassle and it is cleaner, and most people aren't fasting(!), etc.

I must say, in visiting Jordan and my friend there (who is a Peace Corps volunteer--I spent 2 nights in his village) I am glad that I was not a volunteer in Jordan. The Peace Corps program there is a bit stricter and also the culture is very difficult. They have way more amenities than we did in Mauritania (nice houses with refrigerators and indoor plumbing and washing machines and internet in their homes) and the food and transport are way better. But the extreme segregation of women from men is difficult and my friend complained of loneliness being his biggest challenge. It is not an especially welcoming culture--they are suspicious of outsiders (it reminds me a lot of Moorish culture, but stricter).

After visiting Israel this time around I definitely have more sympathy for them than I used to. I am still unhappy with them for attacking Lebanon right before I was going to go there to visit... but they do get an awful lot of crap from their neighbors and the Palestinians. I don't think the Palestinians really even want peace, half the time. There are rocket attacks every single day from the Gaza strip--and this is after all the settlers there have been pulled out. Its a complicated situation, though.

Today I said goodbye to Adriana, again. She is flying to New York this morning. I am very sad to lose her companionship. It is nice to have someone to watch your back and to be there for you and to keep you company and to split meals with and hotel rooms. I am going to avoid staying in hotels as much as possible for the rest of my trip (I have several homestays lined up in Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, and Portugal--my next destinations).
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wow... [Sep. 7th, 2006|06:54 pm]
ammedley
I've been staying busy and having fun in the Mediterranean.

I am in Athens right now... after a whirlwind tour of 6 Greek Islands: Rhodes, Karpathos, Crete, Santorini, Paros, and Anti Paros. Tonight I fly to Tel Aviv. I really can't express how much I am enjoying the developed world... It's clean and orderly. There are public toilets (often free) and grass and fresh fruit freely available. And the food is good and the people are nice without expecting you to give them something.

All my pictures from Greece are posted to smugmug and captioned.
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