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Tuesday, 06 February 2007

Home Again in Africa

When I first met my new sister, she was afraid to touch me because of my skin. She had never seen a white person before. Her name was Rautia and she was six years old. When we were introduced, Rautia cowered behind her mother’s legs, only stealing quick glimpses of me from behind her mother’s turquoise dress. I said ‘Hello’ in Oshivambo like I had practiced, but it only frightened her more

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World Health Organization

The World Health Organization has information about current outbreaks of infectious diseases worldwide, all innoculations required to enter each country, and travel health info on subjects such as Malaria. Click on the country list to find info about the places you are going to.

US Centers for Disease Control

US Centers for Disease Control: Publishes outbreak warnings, suggested innoculations, precautions & other background info for travelers. They also run an international travelers hotline at 1-877-FYI-TRIP.

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U.S. Department of State

Travel advisories & warnings are listed here as well as entry requirements for Americans to all countries.

OVERSEAS CITIZENS SERVICES: 1-888-407-4747, from overseas: 202-501-4444 Death of an American citizen abroad, arrest/detention of an American citizen abroad, robbery of an American citizen abroad, American citizens missing abroad, crisis abroad involving American citizens afterhours number for an emergency involving an American citizen abroad.

The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office

The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office also issues travel advisories and has all entry requirements for UK citizens, they also have a number of PDF booklets on safety-type topics. 

Australia's Travel Advisories

The Australian Government's site for documentation, travel warnings, and advice.

New Zealand's Travel Advisories

The New Zealand Government's site for documentation, travel warnings, and advice.

World Meteorological Organization

World Meteorological Organization: For up to date forecasts or to check the weather conditions at any time of the year in a certain county.

Bank Holidays of the World

Worldwide listing of public holidays. (So you won't do what I did and plan to take the train on a holiday, then wonder why the train never comes)

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