Montreux, my home, my paradise.

Montreux, my home, my paradise.
Montreux at dusk

19 February 2011

My Countries CV

I am doing fine here in Liberia, you will get detailed "accounts". But we are very busy with this refugee situation. But I have a small moment and I thought it would be interesting to make particular CV. Because yesterday, I was talking with a colleague about where we have been,

1943 - 1965 Switzerland. I grew up there and tried to become a man. The army helped me to grow.

1965 - 1967 Rwanda. My first taste of the big wide world. In the middle of Africa.

1967 - 1969 South Africa. A beautiful country, nice souvenirs.

1969 - 1972 Belgium. There is not much sun in the sky, but the people have a lot of sun in their hearts. A place with a lot of fun (at that time) and many, many delicious beers.

1972 - 1975 Ghana. Working on a big farm. Very interesting. And a lot of fun. And a Grumman AgCat aircraft spraying the crops and scaring our staff with its noise.

1975 - 1979 Mauritania. A desert country. When I arrived, I was shocked. When I left, I wept. And since then, I love the desert.

1979 - 1980 Chad. There I had the biggest rank ever in my career. I was the World Bank Resident Representative. I even had an office. Just me. Five days after my arrival, the war broke out. I survived.

1980 - 1986 Niger. Working on a lifestock project covering an area of 320'000 square kilometers. And meeting a fantastic tribe: the Tuareg.

1986 - 1997 Switzerland. We had to go back, the kids had to go to school. I worked 11 years for the same company. 7 years were great, 4 years were hell because mismanagement started and the company disappeared.

1998 - 1999 Russia. A wonderful country, with very wonderful people. And, as you can see, the mafia did not catch me.

2000 - 2004 Kosovo. When the Balkan wars stopped, there was a lot of humanitarian needs and I worked for the Swiss government's aid.

2005 - 2008 Sudan. Again, war striken Darfur had enormous needs. We feed 1.5 million people per month.

2009 - 2010 Sri Lanka. The civil war ended during my stay and a once more, I tried to help hungry people. If in 1965, instead of going to Rwanda, I would have gone to Sri Lanka, the rest of the world and my Swiss family would never have seen me again. A paradise. With lovely people. When, finally, I will stop moving, I will go and settle there. And when I have to go (most probably not to up there, but rather down there) I will take my last breath overlooking the Indian Ocean.

2011 - ? Liberia. There are problems in Ivory Coast, The people flee to Liberia. They need food. And water, and health facilities and, and, and.....

That's it. Perhaps I will be able to add more countries to this CV?

4 comments:

  1. Such an exciting life travelling working and seeing things.No wonder you are hooked.:)

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  2. You live a life I can't even imagine. Thank you for sharing with us.

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  3. Peter,
    You truly are a Citizen of the World.
    and hence, Worldman.!
    A fascinating life, your has to be.

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  4. 2009 - 2010 Sri Lanka. The civil war ended during my stay and a once more, I tried to help hungry people. If in 1965, instead of going to Rwanda, I would have gone to Sri Lanka, the rest of the world and my Swiss family would never have seen me again. A paradise. With lovely people. When, finally, I will stop moving, I will go and settle there. And when I have to go (most probably not to up there, but rather down there) I will take my last breath overlooking the Indian Ocean.


    Hey Sir i would like to see this awesome man from sri lanka again, i am a sri lankan sir. Welcome soon to our country. I am going to start a small web site about sri lanka beauty till then i am in http://justearn2day.blogspot.com

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