Sunday, April 28, 2013

Travel, Travel, Travel

My travel schedule so far this year has been pretty light.  In January, I spent a week in Suva, Fiji with conservationists from Saipan, Kiribati, Pohnpei, and the United States facilitating a shark conservation workshop I dubbed Pacific Shark School.  And yes, that photo is staged.

In February, Edz and I took the train up to New Haven, Connecticut to participate in the Yale School of Forestry's Shark Talks hosted by Shark Stanley and emceed by yours truly.  On the way up we stopped in New York City and met with government officials from the Marshall Islands.  The next day we helped the Yale kids (and I can call them kids because they are a full 10 years younger than me) with a Shark Stanley outreach event at an aquarium.

I spent the first two weeks of March in Bangkok, Thailand as a delegate at the Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.  I had the privilege of serving as an advisor on a country delegation, a first for me.  As for Shark Stanley, the idea and the strategy were mine; the art and the grinding work were someone else's.  And the charisma belonged to Leah and Onon.  I was just the aggressive husky dude.

I had zero travel planned for April but had to make an emergency trip down to Florida.  Surprise!  There goes my frequent flier miles.  As April showers give way to May flowers I my find travel schedule jumping into overdrive.  I've leaving for Palau in about 6 hours and then I'm stopping in Yap on my way back to DC.  As soon as I get back, I have to pack up and move to our new apartment, which will herald in a new era of city living that Edz and I are looking forward to, but then I am off to Hawaii for half a week.  There's a good chance I'll visit Pohnpei, Saipan, Fiji, hopefully Guam, and definitely Hawaii again before the end of the summer.  Bring it on.

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