This post was written by Javed Cheema
GAP Program, Activities: Culture, Activities: Friends and family, Activities: Travel, Activities: Food, Africa
[This post is written by Javed Cheema] Danny and I went out to get some phone credit in Addis after having had a rather long day with client meetings and some sightseeing. We were requested to also bring back a piece of home if we could find some … Snickers!
On Monday morning 5/19, we woke up to no internet. The city was in the midst of a rolling blackout, which apparently happens quite frequently. Our hotel was powered by a back-up generator, so our lights and water were (for the most part) working, but the internet was out and the phones were also spotty. Ethiotel, the country's only landline and cell phone provider, was also experiencing intermittent outages. Even so, we were luckier than most, since many people have no backup power supply.
A quick update from Sherehan: "Tonight, I went solo…..found a restaurant overlooking the river, with a wonderful view, yummy food and a great atmosphere. Salad, dessert and a fine Riesling later…. my “soirée” turned into an enchanted evening filled with harmonious melodies! Turns out, there was a concert at the Lyon Confluence, so obviously, I stayed to experience it with the wonderful people of Lyon. The Razowski restaurant in Lyon Confluence
Before any of you start to roll your eyes and dismiss this post as another Shai-box…hear me out. Life as a business woman often means you’re the only girl in the meeting, in the department, or even in the entire organization. Life as an MBA woman (unfortunately) stays consistent with this standard. I was the only girl on my core team. And now…life as a Gapper…is shaping up to be the same.