Diane Greenwood

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Mobasa + Bamburi

Okay – no photos this time – but just to let you know that we are alright.

I have met up with Nikki here in Mobasa – which is a happening little place. Combined with lots of people, Matatus andtuk tuks – you have to be careful running across the road. Nikki and I spent the day in old town on a tour (4 hours) which was just fantastic. Will pots photo’s of that when I get them off my stick. I am trying to keep all my gadgets away so people don’t know I have all these things :P

Yesterday Nikki and I moved into a homestay in Bamburi – which is also where restoration is. We will be going to restoration on Monday – tomorrow – anyway homestay. Yes we have been immersed in a Bamburi village – Nikki and I are in a house – sleeping on the floor, cooking traditional foods, this morning I made traditional Chai. We have been learing Swahili … so I will write some of those things down.

Nikki and I were given our Swahili names. It is a combination of what time you were born, what community you are and what sex you are. Chausiku is my name and Subira is Nikki’s.

Last night we went to Pirates beach and today we are planning to go to Diani beach in the afternoon.

That is about it. We are here until Tuesday and then we are planning to go to Shimba Hills.

We will keep writing.

Apartheid Museum + Gold Reef Mine

Not much time to write, but I will let the photos tell the story again. Yesterday I managed to get to the Apartheid Museum and also down one of the Gold Reef Mines. the day was packed and it ended with dinner with Jen and her husband. 

Entrance to the Museum

Part of Nelson Mandella exhibition

The building with reflective pool

The mine shaft I went down

The gold reef – ore

 

 

Johannesburg – Soweto

Alright I am going to be quick cause there is so much to tell.

On Monday I drove though downtown Johannesburg with Doug (family friend). Which was a sight to be seen, there are mainly no shops left in down town just the big banks, cause they can;t move out. But all the shops and all the retailers are out and there are just people on the street, living in the buildings (squatters) there are buildings that fire has raged through and that are falling down. 

The amazing thing is that Doug was in and out of shops that I wouldn’t have been able to tell were even open. He was picking up stuff to run his textiles company and you know the feeling was not hostile. People are happy and cheery and this is just the way they live. There is nothing wrong with that. 

In the afternoon I went to Constitution Hill. I saw the main Law Courts (Neva you would have been proud!) Couldn’t take any photos :( Very interesting and rich in history and the current constitution is actually an amazing document.

Today, Tuesday. What an adventure. Jennifer has told me about these cycle tours in Soweto and I has looked them up online. Kyle came with me. It was an adventure getting there. But on the way we passed the new soccer stadium being built. It is just impressive. There are so many roadworks and infrastructures happening for this 2010 Football.

Look at the people working on the top!

This is the stadium with one of the gold mine dumps next to it. The colours are similar and so is the general form. It sits well and looks beautiful.

So we went on this bicycle tour. As I sit here I can not write like I have above. I am still in a bit of shock and how in humane people can be. We walked the streets of the Soweto Riots in 1976 (16th June).

Above and beyond that, the living conditions here are … well … the images can talk. Maybe I can talk tomorrow. 

Kyle drinking local beer.

 

Local stage/Kyle with bike.

 

Small girl following our tour group.

The water supply

This shows the main road of the Soweto Riots, planning to go to the police station and then onto Orlando Stadium on the left.

Cause there is just so much to write about and I am not sure what to write. I found this online article that is great and mentions everything that we did. Please read. 

 

what to do in Sing for 10 hours?

I am here in Singapore for 10 hours, and I have already been to the Butterfly Garden. What to do next?

Tour – although they will not run while I am there – I get in at 4pm, and the last one is at 4pm :(

Swimming Pool – I might do this!

Sleeping Beds

Massages

And here I was thinking that I would be bored at the airport!

The Butterfly Garden

Check out the focus of the flower thought the butterfly and then into the background of the weird red flower again. The way it highlights the red in balls of overexposed portions.

 

cultures collide

Here are some links I have been reading to get more of an idea of what to expect. One of the major things that keeps playing in my mind is a baby’s death at MIA, and I am not sure why I keep thinking of it. So that is how I started reading about the culture and thought I should understand a bit more before I was there and in it.

http://www.everyculture.com/Ja-Ma/Kenya.html
http://www.africaguide.com/country/kenya/culture.htm
http://www.a-to-z-of-manners-and-etiquette.com/funeral-and-religious-customs.html

This was some really good words on Ecotourism – and may remind us of some of the reasons we are there.
http://www.classicescapes.com/ke-ecotourism.html

 

Last night – Anne showed Nikki and I some pictures of Lake Nakuru and I really got the shivers. I can not wait till I go to this place for real! My camera is poised and ready!

New camera + new niece

So in the last week there have been a few thins happening. Actually it has been a yoyo of a week. It started with one of my friends dad’s death (which just reminds me how vulnerable we all are – and how thankful I am to have my mum still!), then there was the birth of our niece – Gemma Victoria Holland. And how cute is she?

During the week there were many of our parents freinds who have found themselves in hospital due to heart, leg, back, lungs! Our prayers have been constant this week, and will be for a while.

Also during the week I got a new camera for my trip to South Africa (Canon 500D with a 17-85 lens and the 50mm 1.8 lens). I had no idea and I am still shocked at the versatility of the 50mm 1.8 lens. I think I am going to enjoy this one the most on my travels. While I was at Heather and Daryl’s place I got this great photo of Homer. This is one of the best I have got so far.

Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day

 
In Australia, at 11.00am today, it is customary to remember Australia’s dead and injured, and perhaps all, that have resulted from war and other conflicts, with a 1 minute silence.
Although it is unlikely the phones will stop, perhaps take what time you can to remember the sacrifice of those who went before.
During the Great War alone Australia lost over 1 in 10 of it’s population of fewer than 5 million.
 
This is an email that I got at work today, so good to ensure that the many cultures in our office know why we are doing this. Fantastic that it is sent to all of us and we should take some time. 

Epcot and coming home … already!

I was not able to post this before I left USA, so I am back in Australia, but thought I would post the last two days of writing off my computer.

Wednesday

So this morning started with a GIANT hiccup! We dropped Chris and Geoff at the airport – said our goodbyes. I got in the car and drove off. On the way back I stopped for a coffee and when I looked back there was a bag in the back of the car! EEEK! I quickly called Geoff’s mobile, and the bag rang – PANIC just started in my bones. I thought how am I ever going to find them especially when I have all their communication. I thought the only place they could contact me would be at the hotel we were at, so I ruched back there, hoping they would call or I could organise a courier to New Orleans (which was where they were going!). When I got to my room, I was puffed and all of a sudden I heard Chris’ voice, she had taxi’d back to the hotel as well and I through the bag at her and ran back with her to the taxi and watched her jump in and head back hoping to catch the flight. During the day I got a message to say they arrived safely and so I am just so pleased that that worked out. It could have been a lot worse! A LOT!

Anyway, that was all before 8.30am. So I spent the rest of the day at the Epcot Centre. I had a free day and so chose to do this. It was great. Probably best described in photos or looking at the website, although there was a food and wine festival on their in the Worlds section and so I had South African for lunch, Spanish for dinner and French for dessert. I skipped the Australian lamb! I can get that any time.

The entrance to Epcot with the flag and the ball

Making paper at the Innovation Centre

The Space Centre

The Seas World – with Nemo

The GM testing ride

Me in Mexico!

Capetown

The Land Centre – growing all the food they use – tomato tree

Fireworks to end the night!

Thursday

So today I was going to go to the Kennedy Space Centre. But it seemed that  it was going to be pushing time and so I decided just to go for a drive out there and half way out there I checked my flight and realised it had been moved earlier and so instead of going out there I found this great place that I got a massage/pedicure. Which after 4 days of walking around, my feet were blistered and my heels ached, and heading for a long flight I just sat back and relaxed. I didn’t want to be in a rush. Instead I stopped at the Kennedy Space Visitors Centre, which is not as far out and just got some pressies for my dad.

I am now at the airport, waiting for my flight – cause in all true SKILTON fashion it is now delayed. I hope I make all my connections and that I get home soon. I really would like to see my husband and my dog!

 

Conference – Both Days

Monday

Today I spent most of the day the at the conference. There was not much time to do anything else. It started at 8am with an education session. I attended: Biophilic Healthcare Design with Roger Ulrich. For many years I have used his research to back up some EBD and I mostly just wanted to hear him talk. But it was actually amazingly interesting and I think that I will now go back to BLP and share this concept’s potential. Most of the stuff we do has this embedded within it anyway.

The next session was Smart Pods and was a presented by Rob Thompson from Royal College of Art in England. What an amazing guy! In short these guys have been studying ambulances and the possibility of reducing the amount carried in an ambulance to attend to minor incidents, reducing the amount of admissions through hospitals. The majority of the presentation was on the design process and it was great to listen to creative principles and their application during the process.

I attended a round table discussion next about Mock Up Room and where and why they should be used. Was really interested in how people were assessing the outcomes of the rooms and how they were applying them to the project, which stages, how to get sign offs etc. There were some great ideas, ones that I will be taking away and developing.

After lunch – where I met some people from Melbourne – I attended another session on Agent Based Simulation – which at this point was a little bit of overload for me. I watched the screen and how little people were moving all over it, and I understand the concept, but I assume that if I need to simulate model I will be learning it once plugging it into the program. This session was not too helpful.

The last one for the afternoon was The Scandinavian Example – 4 Different Projects and Patient Focus. It was more that words can describe. The Scandinavians just have a way of adding design to a functional space and keeping the design at the foreground. Some of these projects were bid stages, so practical application had not been tested, but Trondheim was discussed and as far as I know it seems to be getting good reviews.

Monday Networking Function – At night we had a networking function at Universal Walk – which is just outside Universal Studios. Again a complete amount of overload with lights and big buildings and everything just maxed out. I thought that I was in Universal Studios and can’t imagine that there was more! We had Latin for dinner (my first Paella), and met a wonderful couple from New Orleans who came with us on a little boat trip and filled our night with laughter and chatter. Chris and I returned to Gaylord Palms and had a coffee then went back to out hotel.

 

Tuesday

Today I was truly challenged! It was another day full of education sessions. Started with: The Role of Sustainability in Creating Healing environments. Basically outlined the potentials and then gave 8 case studies for hospitals that were reducing and getting to their sustainable goals. This was really good and assuring to see. There are things that I can use here to help our office even. Was surprised at how much composting was being introduced. There was also a focus on including the Facility Operators from the hospitals as much as the Nurses and Doctors.

The next session was the challenging one – for some reason I ditched the one I was planning to go to and got into this one: Greening Healthcare Buildings: A Greenpeace Co-Founders Perspective. Well, this guy Dr. Patrick Moore shocked me and has really given me some research to do. Pro-nuclear, pro-pvc … chemicals and science to help us. Use GE for benefit. There were some real things that he showed and examples that spoke to me, and I there is certainly some stuff that I have been fed from other sources that may be sided. I think that I need to just read and search for some of my own findings to establish an opinion and direction on this. Will have to do some more work here.

Tuesday Lunch – Was asked to have lunch with a Nursing Association here in the US (NIHD), which was good and I think that the connections here will be very fruitful. Met us with some more great and interesting people.

Then went to another round table, When Theory Doesn’t meet Practice – Ten Healthcare Design Innovations that Affected Patient Recovery. I was going in here hoping to get 10 innovations to apply – instead came out with 10 that had affected patient recovery – like the lobotomy (which I didn’t know won a Nobel Prize????). So it wasn’t too productive, but just shadowed my concern of: What is innovation? Who determines it? As most people say today “this is innovative”, what does that mean? Still have to work on this as well. I am not sure where to go on this one.

Tuesday Dinner – We had dinner at Gaylord Palms Island Resort – as some people had been stuck inside the one place for the whole 4 days. One of the people we had coffee with after was saying – let me off this island! It was a great dinner (the last for the 3 of us together!) and afterwards we met up with some people from Melbourne and we ended up chatting for quite a bit of the night.

 

So as for the two days, packed with information, now I need to get it out and into a presentation for work. I am actually looking forward to presenting and letting people know that this information is out there and available to access.