Day 1, Thursday, 24 May – Driving to UND (part 1)   Leave a comment

Geri and I and her folks, Howard and Darlene are driving from Tucson, Arizona to Grand Forks, North Dakota.  I am teaching two translation courses – Translation of Texts and Sign Language Translation.  Today we travel along I-10 (Interstate Highway 10) eastward.  Just before crossing into New Mexico there is a very interesting geological formation in Texas Canyon.  Here are some pictures.



We have been seeing lots of flowers blooming.


BTW, I have not posted since November because my trips during that time period were mainly to sensitive countries where people have asked me not to publicise their countries.


Posted 26 May 2012 by prpttccnsltnt in Arizona, UND

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Bujumbura 2010 Near Hotel   Leave a comment

Although the large covered market is nearby we have tended to do our shopping at smaller stores just a block or two from the Hotel Amahoro.  Having traveled to more than 50 countries it is interesting to see what is for sale in their stores.    Sometimes I products and brands I recognise.  Sometimes I recognise products but not the brands.  Some items in the stores are just a mystery to me.  In the picture below the Fanta Orange soda on the bottom shelf is familiar.  The corn flakes on the shelf above are familiar but the brand, Bisco Misr, isn’t familiar.  Above that is a row of Nescafé coffee cans and above that are Bic pens.

What can you identify on the shelves behind Durai (DOOR consultant in training) in the picture below?  Please answer in a comment.

Posted 26 December 2011 by prpttccnsltnt in Africa, Burundi

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Bujumbura 2008 – Near Hotel   1 comment

Here are some pictures near the Amahoro Hotel in Bujumbura, Burundi.  Here is the view to the right of our Hotel.  (Directions will be given as if one is facing the Hotel.)

And here is the view to the left towards Lake Tanganyika.

Here are two views across from the Hotel.  Depending on my room I sometimes get this view from my small balcony.  We have stayed at this Hotel 3 trips.  The first view shows my favourite Burundi tree again.

In Mississippi I used to grow flowers but it has been years since I have had a flower garden.  I still love to look at them though.

Posted 24 December 2011 by prpttccnsltnt in Burundi

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Bujumbura Covered Market – Part 2 (2011)   Leave a comment

Here is the outside of the Market as we approach the entrance.  If you look carefully you can see Bill’s head in the distance (Hearing interpreter, USA).  If you have great eyesight you can pick out Julia (Deaf USA).

Here is the entrance with Chirapa (Deaf Thailand) taking a picture.

Tarja (Deaf Finland) signals everyone to catch up so we can enter as a group.

Here is the entrance.  Can you find it?

You are correct.  It is on the right side.  If you have problems with claustrophobia you may want to stay outside.  I can see the heads of five of the consultants in training and the interpreter in the next picture.  Can you?

Anil (India), Chirapa (Thailand), Luka (Kenya), Bill (USA), Julia (USA) and Tarja (Finland) – from closest to most distant.

In the next picture we are at a wider spot in the middle of the market and can see the exit.  Again I see five of the consultants in training, but not the same five.

Anil (India), Aris (Colombia), Julia (USA), Luka (Kenya) and Tarja (Finland) from closest to most distant.  Again Tarja is the easiest one to find.

Here is the view after we exited.  In the middle distance is my favourite tree in Burundi.  One of these trees was right across from our Hotel.  I call the tree a Flame Tree for its bright red flowers.  It may be the same as the Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia) but I am not an expert.  I see it in many tropical locations around the world.

Posted 18 December 2011 by prpttccnsltnt in Burundi, Burundi 2011

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Bujumbura Covered Market – Part 1 (2010)   Leave a comment

Some folks asked for more pictures of the covered market in Bujumbura.  Here is a satellite picture from Google Earth (2011) showing the Market and Amahoro Hotel (light blue roof), where we stayed.

Here are some pictures from the trip we made in May 2010 to work with the DOOR Burundi Sign Language Bible translation team.  Durai and Shadrack (left; Hearing consultants in training with DOOR) talk to a shop keeper about some cloth.

Here is another view.  Patrick (Deaf Burundi SL translator on far left).


Posted 18 December 2011 by prpttccnsltnt in Africa, Burundi, Deaf

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Kisumu, Kenya CBS Scripture Use Project – Part 1   Leave a comment

DOOR Africa has published scriptures selections in the form of chronological Bible stories (CBS) in Kenya Sign Language (KSL).  An association of Deaf churches in Kenya has assumed responsibility for taking these stories to Kisumu, Kenya and training the Deaf church leaders there how to use these Bible portions effectively.  Below is a map of Kenya showing the location of the capital, Nairobi, where the Deaf translation team with DOOR continues to work on translating more of the Bible.  On the far west of the country is Kisumu city, which is in Nyanza Province.  Kisumu is on Lake Victoria and is the third largest city in Kenya, with a population of of 350,000.    Nyanza Province has a population of more than 4.4 million people.

Like in many countries and regions there is no accurate count of the number of Deaf people in Kisumu city or Nyanza District.  Here is a picture of some of them who had gathered to study the KSL translation (June 2011).

For more information see – Kisumu CBS Project Page.


Posted 14 December 2011 by prpttccnsltnt in Africa, CBS, Kenya, Kisumu, Scripture Use

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APSDA DTCDW Day 12 – Korea (Last Day)   Leave a comment

This morning we finished up last minute things, e.g., finished the presentation on ELAN (see Day 8).  The afternoon was time to evaluate the Workshop.  Many people thanked SIL for providing the funds for the Workshop and for the teachers.  Actually, at this Workshop all of the participants were on the teaching staff.

In the pictures below Pastor Hwang (Korea), Pastor Kim (Korea) Evangelist Lee (Korea), Miya (Japan), Uiko (Japan) and Pastor Wu (Taiwan) share their views of the Workshop.