Archivo para febrero, 2012

IT’S ME! (¡SOY YO!)

Posted in Uncategorized on febrero 29, 2012 by garcia en nigeria

Ayer otro día deprimente. Lo habitual. Aunque ayer, finalmente, me llevé una alegría.

Andaba yo liado con mis “protocolos” (esos que diariamente realizo al llegar a mi chabolo) cuando cual Robocop de tres al cuarto, mi iris identifica, escanea y clasifica un enemigo cierto: una Cockroach.

Excitado cual perro en celo y de manera atropellada me dirijo a mi arsenal. Allí, de entre todos los insecticidas, selecciono el especial “Cockroach Killer”.

Me armó con ello y es en ese instante cuando (de súbito) la música de Apocalypto -Director: Mel Gibson- resuena con estruendo en mi cerebro. Poseído por la misma, embriagado de emoción, con los pezones erectos, y dedo tenso en el gatillo, acecho a mi presa. La fumigo y fumigo, intenta huir, río cual Joker en Batman y, finalmente, saliveo mi dulce victoria. La cazé. La maté. La cagó. Que se joda. Una menos.

Lejos de enterrarla, ahí la dejo. En el suelo, patitas arriba. Animalito….

No obstante, le rindo un muy sentido homenaje póstumo.

Su foto (aquí adjunta) ya figura en mi perfil de la BlackBerry acompañada del siguiente texto: IT’S ME – ¡Hasta los huevos!

Ahí luce, en todo su esplendor.

Descanse en paz. Rest in Peace (RIP)

El Viajero Accidental

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TE VAS A ENTERAR

Posted in Uncategorized on febrero 28, 2012 by garcia en nigeria

Hoy. “Ni se te ocurra moverte, como lo hagas te mato” (sic)

Sospecho que le tocaría (al conductor) humillarse, suplicar y finalmente soltar “la guita” para poder dejar evadirse de estos energúmenos que seguro le despedirían perdonándole la vida y con más amenazas.

El Viajero Accidental

LASSA FEVER

Posted in Uncategorized on febrero 27, 2012 by garcia en nigeria

Esta es la gran preocupación de salud por enrededor en estos días. Proviene de las ratas. Entre otras precauciones y como yo no como ratas (que aquí también se comen -algunas especies-), tendré que tener cuidadín con mi comida, los platos, vasos y demás. siempre lavar todo antes de utilizarlos, cuestion que ya practico por las cucarachas; Pero espera… si el agua tampoco es potable… Joder, si es que lo ponen muy difícil.

Otra cosita más que reclama estar alerta. Que esto también mata.

El Viajero Accidental

Lassa fever is an acute viral illness that occurs in West Africa. The illness was discovered in 1969 when two missionary nurses died in Nigeria, West Africa. The cause of the illness was found to be Lassa virus, named after the town in Nigeria where the first cases originated. The virus, a member of the virus family Arenaviridae, is a single-stranded RNA virus and is zoonotic, or animal-borne.

In areas of Africa where the disease is endemic (that is, constantly present), Lassa fever is a significant cause of morbidity and mortality. While Lassa fever is mild or has no observable symptoms in about 80% of people infected with the virus, the remaining 20% have a severe multisystem disease. Lassa fever is also associated with occasional epidemics, during which the case-fatality rate can reach 50%.

Where is Lassa fever found?

Parts of West Africa, including Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Liberia.  However, sporadic Lassa infections may have also occurred in Senegal and Mali.  One host genus has been identified as spreading at least one Lassalike virus in central Africa.

In what animal host is Lassa virus maintained?

The reservoir, or host, of Lassa virus is a rodent known as the “multimammate rat” of the genus Mastomys. It is not certain which species of Mastomys are associated with Lassa; however, at least two species carry the virus in Sierra Leone. Mastomys rodents breed very frequently, produce large numbers of offspring, and are numerous in the savannas and forests of West, Central, and East Africa. In addition, Mastomys generally readily colonize human homes. All these factors together contribute to the relatively efficient spread of Lassa virus from infected rodents to humans.

How does it spread ?

People become infected by eating infected bush rat or eating food contaminated with the rat excreta/urine deposited on surfaces such as floors, beds, household utensils or in food and water (e.g. grains spread out to dry along the roads by farmers). Person to person spread also occurs by direct contact or inhalation of infected body fluids such as blood, urine, saliva, throat secretions etc..

Symptoms

Fever and malaise generally appear 10 days after infection. As the disease progresses, increased fever and myalgia are typical, accompanied by severe prostration. Gastro-intestinal manifestations, including nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain may also appear. In 66% of individuals, sore throat accompanies infection. Cough and retrosternal pain are also common. Hemorrhagic symptoms develop is less than a third of individuals, but are associated with a significant raise in patient mortality. Neurologic phenomena are less common than the aforementioned symptoms, but are nevertheless important. Aseptic meningitis, encephalitis, and global encephalopathy with seizures have all been documented in cases of Lassa virus infection. Intriguingly, deafness is a common feature during late-stage disease or early convalescence, and may be either ephemeral or permanent. While serving as useful diagnostic tool, this manifestation also interrupts individuals’ re-acceptance into their community, and hence plays a role in disease stigmatization. When treated in a hospital setting, mortality rates are between 15% and 20%. However, this increases dramatically, up to 60%, in areas where appropriate medical care is unavailable. Fatal cases or Lassa fever rarely show any signs of remission, progressing from fever to shock and death in an unrelenting slide. Survivors remain symptomatic for approximately 2-3 weeks following the onset of symptoms, whereupon the fever dissipates and the virus becomes undetectable in the blood. (Note that virus has still been found in the semen of surviving patients up to six weeks following infection.) Other signs and symptoms are headache, sore throat, pain behind the breast bone, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, cough, abdominal pain and red spots. In severe cases, it may progress to swollen face, bleeding (from mouth, nose, and vagina), gastrointestinal tract and low blood pressure.

How is Lassa fever prevented?

  • Avoid contact between rats and human beings;
  • Keep your house and Environmnt clean.
  • Cover all foods and water properly.
  • Cover all foods and water properly.
  • Cook all foods thoroughly
  • Block all rat hideouts
  • Do not spread food where rats can have access to it.
  • And as soon as you suspect Lassa fever, or you have persistent fever not responding to the standard treatment for malaria and typhoid, report to the nearest Health facility.

SIN ESFUERZO NO HAY RECOMPENSA

Posted in Uncategorized on febrero 23, 2012 by garcia en nigeria

“NO SWEAT, NO SWEET”

“NO PAIN, NO GAIN”

Depende… Todo depende.

El Viajero Accidental

¿QUÉ SOY YO: EXPATRIADO O EMIGRANTE?

Posted in Uncategorized on febrero 22, 2012 by garcia en nigeria

Según la Real Academia Española de la Lengua (RAE)

expatriado, da.

(Del part. de expatriar).

1. adj. Que vive fuera de su patria.

expatriar.

(De ex- y patria).

1. tr. Hacer salir de la patria.

2. prnl. Abandonar la patria.

emigrante.

(Del ant. part. act. de emigrar).

1. adj. Que emigra.

2. adj. Dicho de una persona: Que se traslada de su propio país a otro, generalmente con el fin de trabajar en él de manera estable o temporal.

emigrar.

(Del lat. emigrāre).

1. intr. Dicho de una persona, de una familia o de un pueblo: Dejar o abandonar su propio país con ánimo de establecerse en otro extranjero.

2. intr. Ausentarse temporalmente del propio país para hacer en otro determinadas faenas.

3. intr. Abandonar la residencia habitual dentro del propio país, en busca de mejores medios de vida.

4. intr. Dicho de algunas especies animales: Cambiar periódicamente de clima o localidad por exigencias de la alimentación o de la reproducción.

Juzgar por vosotros mismos. Pero a mi me parece que aunque similar, no es lo mismo.

Lo lamentable es que ahora y para cada vez más españoles, la acepción de expatriado tiene más sentido. En concreto esta: Hacer salir de la patria. Porque sí, me temo que no es una opción sino una imposición (por las circunstancias y condiciones). Para mí este puede ser es el matiz. Opción vs. Imposición.

Imposición a la que muchos han contribuido. Y alguno que en nada ayudó, ahora ostenta un sueldo vitalicio como ex-presidente del gobierno y otro muy buen sueldo como miembro del Consejo de Estado. Unos 150.000 Euros (200.000 USD), más guardaespaldas, secretaria, etc. Un dinero que no ya en nuestro país sino, pongo por caso, muchísimos expatriados no “piltrafilla” (como yo) ganan aquí. La mayoría jugándose su salud mental y física.

Conclusión cuasi filosófica: La imposición deviene en opción. Porque no hay otra opción. O te das el bote o la cagas. No hay opciones disponibles. Hay que vivir, intentando no malvivir. Aunque algunos, en la imposición, sobrevivimos. Y siempre con la amenaza de malvivir en el pronto futuro.

(Algunos) Hemos contribuido a nuestro país con una carga impositiva muy elevada, durante más de 27 años en mi caso, diría que hasta con gusto y por el bien de todos. Ello igualmente con una gran carga de ilusión por hacer de España un lugar aún mejor, que pudiera mirar con orgullo a sus “iguales”, además de ayudar a los “desiguales”. Devenido el tiempo, los avatares globales y las singularidades propias, no hay atisbo de ilusión. Y no ya en mi caso, no lo hay en España. En el Pueblo.

La ilusión es como las burbujas al cava o al champagne. Sin ilusión, los objetivos son primarios, de necesidad. No de ambición. Lo son de subsistencia. Y ahí enredamos de nuevo: en la subsistencia. Y ello lo único que acarrea es la mentira, la corrupción, el robo, la amenaza y la humillación. O sea, lo que marca la vida por estos lares.

Nueva conclusión: Si en un post pasado mostraba la similitud (a mi parecer) del mapa geográfico de España con Nigeria, tal similitud se irá acercando cada vez más a su realidad de vida. Nos africanizamos. Y esto no por la inmigración (argumento fascista). Esto por la traición a los Principios y Valores básicos de vivencia y convivencia.

Expatriado tenía que estar ese capullo antes referido… Y no mi (excelso) capullo.

El Viajero Accidental

CARTA DE DIMISIÓN

Posted in Uncategorized on febrero 21, 2012 by garcia en nigeria

Por “aclamación popular” (o sea, porque realmente ni Dios ni Cristo que lo fundó lo ha pedido), publico mi reciente carta de dimisión.

Mi Amo aunque ha expresado su deseo de hablar conmigo para no hacer efecto la carta, aún no ha/hemos podido conversar detenidamente al respecto. Eso sí y por su delegación, ya he tenido la oportunidad de ser requerido en dos ocasiones por su “jefe de gabinete”. Siendo realistas, lo que deberían contra-ofertar para satisfacer medianamente los puntos que expongo, no hay modo que mi Amo vaya a hacerlo. Es lo que tiene ser un “tío Gilito” -por su parte, claro-.

Y si solamente fuera dinero, ya adelanto que tampoco ofrecerá la cantidad que me haría considerar como justificado el jugarme la vida y/o el destruir aún más mi (ya de por sí deteriorada) salud mental.

Abajo la reproduzco.

El Viajero Accidental

Dear XXXX,

This is to communicate you my Resignation as GM Client Services for  XXXXXXXXXX.

Please, allow me to try to explain myself. Apart from various communications we have both mantained throughout along the year 2011, you may particularly recap our conversation on monday XX. September-2011. Bearing all that in mind together with the “Budget 2012” Memo that was given to me last XX january 2012 and after deep thinking, the following are the main core reasons that somehow force me to present my Resignation:

1. Though I have tried my best since the very first day I joined XXXXXX early march 2011, I’m feeling I am either not used to the agency structure and procedures nor its corporate culture.

2. Or, it might just be that I am not the right person you need for the position of GM (CS) for XXXXXXX.

I might possibly be wrong on the two reasons above but sincerely, this is how I feel and what I honestly think.

Somebody said: “We’re hoping to succeed; we’re okay with failure. We just don’t want to land in between”. I agree.

Be a honest person is one of my core Principles in life and work, and I will not ever stand out from that. Sincerely, I’m not happy and I have been feeling for long that you were not happy with me either. I believe it’s time to better quit rather than take your money in terms of salary and not being happy, encourage and committed in what I am doing. You may also understand that since I was back from vacation leave in august 2011, I have been alone with no senior team to work with in a day-to.day basis. That has not helped at all.

Therefore,  I believe I am fully honest by presenting you my Resignation and I kindly ask you for your understanding.

Following please read two additional reasons for taking this action.

 3. Some issue I also face is that one about my current salary. I am not complaining but simply stating a fact: The salary I’m currently earning is not enough to properly maintain my family in Spain and myself here too.

Besides, to move around Lagos (in order to make and keep business contacts) may cost me the money I simply do not have. As a result, I can not afford to keep me in the loop of the ‘expats world’ as it should be required for achiving greater business results. These guys have a level of life (because of their job income) far more higher than mine and therefore they act/move around Lagos accordingly to that level of life. I can not follow that rythm.

Moreover, you well know how much the prices have increased on this year 2012 vs. 2011 which have had also a significant impact on my (not high at all) standards of living. Moreover, it is seriously affecting –negatively- my shopping basket. Not to mention my expenses in Spain as prices has also increased there.

To share some figure: Since I came to Nigeria one year ago, my savings have not increased at all but reduced up to a 40%

4. Last but not least and very much linked to what refers to point 3 (my current income), I can’t be without my family much longer.

As you well know my wife is nigerian and she would love to join me here. I’m very sure I should try my best for being all together or otherwise I will loose them. That is something I definitely do not want to happen.

The above said, of course and as my contract states, I’m well aware of the 3 months Notification Period and have no objection in accordingly fulfil this clause. More on the contrary, no doubt you can certainly count on my full commitment to my current duties within this Notification Period (thus XX-May 2012 should be considered the end date of my contract).

Nevertheless, please let me call your attention on the issue of my current Visa as it is expiring the XX of April 2012. I know this is on process to be sorted out but should be resolved before that date in order to conveniently fulfil the mentioned Notification Period. I can’t be an illegal individual in this country.

On the other hand, I‘m sure you are keen to understand that as my single revenue stream to sustain my family comes from my job, I have to immediately  search for a new employement (in Nigeria or elsewhere !!). I do sincerely ensure you that I will be extremely careful in this job searching, thus the reputation of the Agency or that of any member of its staff will be positively preserved.

Finally, please let me finish with a very personal intimate statement. I am very grateful to you for giving me this great opportunity to come to Nigeria and meet you all at XXXXXXX. No doubt it has been a very exciting experience for me. I sincerely believe I have improved a huge a lot as a person. For sure, I am a better human being now. I am so very much grateful I can not easily explain with words. Believe me when I say that I have a strong loving feeling for all of you.

When the time come in future, please bear in mind that whatever you may consider I can be of any help (here in Nigeria or wherever I be located in this planet), and I do really mean WHATEVER YOU MAY NEED -personal or professional-, please, I beg, do not ever hesitate to let me know. I will always be there for you.

Yours faithfully,

ESTOS MOMENTOS NO TIENE PRECIO

Posted in Uncategorized on febrero 19, 2012 by garcia en nigeria

Otro domingo en Lagos. Y gracias a Dios, Juanjo me invita de nuevo a su casa.

Su compañía es una terapia. Una terapia de sensatez, de comprensión y de amistad. De alegría.

Su hospitalidad no me abruma porque si yo pudiera haría lo mismo para con él; pero no tengo condiciones de casa. No por ello estoy menos agradecido. Te hace sentirte como en tu propia casa. Nada hacemos de particular. Quizá ver la televisión un rato, quizá un chapuzón, buena charla, risas y buena comida (que habitualmente él -generoso- provee), cerveza y/o vino, y siempre huir del cotilleo y la tontería que estamos aquí para currar y ganarnos el pan. No pá tontás.

Así, parecería nada especial; pero estos momentos, para mí, no tienen precio. Y en este lugar, son Gloria Bendita.

Juanjo, me encanta saber de tí, me encanta tu compañía. Me alegras el alma. Compañero, que sepas que te quiero.

El Viajero Accidental