Lots of good things have happened since our last post. So many changes, yet at least a few things have stayed just the same. (One example: We’re still engaged, and still haven’t set a date.)
April has mostly been traveling in her new role with WaterCredit. It’s a perfect fit for her; Jerry likes to call her “a fish in water.” She’s been to some 12 countries in the past 4 months, taken close to 50 flights (no comments about her carbon footprint, please) and had more meetings with MFIs than she can count. East Africa, India, Europe (three times) and various domestic trips have kept her fully occupied and happy. You can read and learn more on her blog and — most of all — Twitterstream.
Jerry continues to win fencing tournaments and intends to be on the first spacecraft that lands on Mars. He’ll tweet there too.
We’re together in Rome right now, connecting with the IDLO microfinance posse that we’ve trained over the past 2+ years throughout the developing world. It feels kind of like a family reunion, with participants from 30+ developing countries and many stories to share. We’re doing our best to enjoy the city outside of work as well — sunrise jogs through the Villa Borghese grounds, proper espresso and fresh gnocchetti al tartufo bianco (white truffles) around the corner, and wandering among golden- and rose-hued Renaissance architecture in giddy awe. April’s rusty Italian is coming back with a vengeance, and Jerry’s isn’t half bad either; bonus is that we get to speak Spanish and French with our microfinance colleagues too.
We’ll be writing a holiday letter-post in the coming weeks but wanted at least to say a quick online hello before then, if nothing else than to let you know that we’re still together, well and doing our best to carpe diem, appreciate life (and one another!) every day. It’s almost time for the un’aperitivo romano, so until the next post — ciao!