June 12th, our first day in Monrovia

Sunny today, big storms last night. It is winter here which is also the rainy season.

We started our day with a car ride through Monrovia traffic.  Our driver, Poko is a young man who seems to take the harrowing traffic in stride.  Ann Gilroy and  Jim Comes are here and are acting as our guides/chapporones and we are happy to have them.  They have both been here many times.

We met the head of the medical school and much to Julie’s surprise she discovered sh would be giving four lectures today to both 1st and 2nd year students. She spent part of the morning and her lunchtime preparing for the additional workload.  I took a couple of pictures of her lecturing but left the camera in the computer lab.  I’ll post tomorrow.

As for the computers, I spent the day unboxing, sorting, and working with some of the staff from the school.  Jim was there most of the day as well. By the end of the day 20 workstations were powered up and most of the server rack was reconfigured and populated with new equipment and fans.  I think both Julie and I were exhausted and elated at what we had completed day one.
Here’s a shot of the computer lab towards the end of the day.

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And a shot of the pile of boxes before the team hauled them out.

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