Saturday, July 10, 2010

Well worth the walk!

Walking to Grameen Bank today was brutal due to the heat, but it was well worth the effort. Today we met Professor Mohammed Yunus, founder of Grameen Bank. We learned only two days ago that he would be in town and would briefly visit with the interns. We also had our pictures taken with him as a group and individually. The NKU group went first. Although many of us looked like drowned rats due to the heat, it will be something I'm sure many of us won't forget. It's not every day you get to meet a Nobel Peace Prize winner. I hope to get a copy of the pics from one of the students and will post it when I do.

I think I mentioned the random power outages in an earlier post. Dr.Yunus spoke briefly this morning, and while answering questions the power went out. Everyone is so used to it now and business continued as if nothing had happened. The power usually returns in a minute or less.
                                                                                                          Grameen Bank from hotel rooftop
The rest of the group went shopping. I think there will be plenty of time to do that later as we still have over three weeks to go. So I am chilling at the hotel just taking it easy.

We also learned today that we will not be going to the villages tomorrow as originally planned. It seems this country is soccer crazy and the World Cup finals are tomorrow night. All the drivers want to watch it as well, so our trip tomorrow will be a day trip to one of the social business activities, the Grameen Veolia Water Ltd. That trip was planned later, but now will substitute and the plan now is to leave for the villages on Monday.

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