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Moving and Shmoozing

Sorry I’ve missed a few days this week but we are in the middle of moving house, a process judged the second most stressful thing you can do and we’re trying to move an office, logistics base and living accommodation. Luckily we’re only moving across the street. Yesterday morning we cleared out our stuff from the old base and shipped it across the road. Unfortunately due to the fact that there’s reconstruction work going on all over this area the local hardware store is often sold out of the items we need to complete the build out quickly. We’re waiting on tatami matting, a concrete roughening machine to make the downstairs floor paintable and furniture.

Hopefully, Thursday is the day for all three to come in and then its finishing touches and frantic shopping for the last little bits.¬†Just to add to the stress of trying to juggle all the different aspects that go into building an All Hands base the US Ambassador to Japan stopped by today to volunteer. Complete with men-in-black, camera crews and work boots he stopped by to shake ands and say hello and then headed straight down to the work site to get dirty. Added to the mayor stopping by a team earlier in the week its been a pretty red carpet few days when I’m struggling to find any kind of carpet whatsoever!


About Jess UK

Fell in love with the crazy, inspiring, all-or-nothing world of disaster response and the wonderfully ridiculous, hard-working people who are drawn to it. Currently working in the Philippines as part of the recovery efforts after Typhoon Washi/Sendong! Want to know more? Check out disasterchasers.wordpress.com.


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