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Countdown to Mozambique

Picture it, London, February 2010. A few months ago I had a stable life. A stable well-paid job, a stable inexpensive flat, a stable group of friends and stable future ahead. No wonder I nearly went bananas and  had to throw some change into my life, right? Things are quite different now. Currently I am serving my final week at a job that feels so foreign. My lifetime belongings are in some truck along some road in heavily-flooded Spain. I have heaps of paperwork to run through, a million things to buy, a wild leaving party to throw, a river to cry and a blog to start. In a week from now I am moving to Maputo, Mozambique; in July I am going to business school, in China no less.

In Mozambique, I will be serving as a Kiva Fellow. Kiva is this supercool non-profit you have heard that dragged me out of the hedge fund world and deals with microcredits. Microcredits are about providing financial services to people who do not have access to mainstream banking. My duties as Kiva Fellow are varied, but for now just a teaser: part of them is to maintain this blog and to contribute to this other one.

Expectations for my Maputo sejourn? Endless. So many that I would rather group them in three broad categories.

1. Altruistic Chiefly helping people in need, making a difference in this planet, assisting in connecting people from apart and generally achieving world peace, inner tranquility and the utter meaning of life.
2. Plain Vain These include not only getting a tan, losing some weight, getting back to shape or finally affording to eat a simple lobster; but also not catching a tropical disease or causing some sort of diplomatic incident (the ones who know me, you know me)
3. Realistic The serious ones – meeting loads of new people, perfecting the Portuguese language (get English right first you are thinking!), conveying knowledge, seeing new places. Changing myself. Finding the strength to know the next step. Wanting to find the next step.

We will link to this expectations at the end of this journey. Meanwhile, I am happy to share the experiences with you.

Welcome to my blog Amigos.

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