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Trip Start Jan 19, 2006
Trip End Nov 24, 2006

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Wednesday, June 7, 2006

We haven't written for quite a while. Not a lot has been happening. I've been busy working, and Paul has been busy... being unemployed! Poor Paulo. But, that has recently changed. He donned the green apron and took a job as a barista at Starbucks, which paid $8.60 per hour and a grand total of $170 per week. Hmmm. He was miserable and quit after a week. He has now got a marginally better position doing nightshift in a warehouse at a very very trendy female sporting/yoga store. The good news is: he gets 75% off these overpriced and very cool clothes. :o)

My job prospects are a bit better than poor Paulo. I finished my internship at the NGO. That was a great experience, and like most NGOs, they don't have any spare money to hire their interns, so I registered at a few temp companies. All of the temp companies I registered with had contacted me within 12 hours and I had a job within 24. My most recent positions have been with University of British Columbia (who are unionized and pay public holidays!!) with the Ceremonies Office. I was employed full time for a month to help organise an event that Al Gore (former US Vice President and rumoured to be running again for President when Bush ends his term). He's written a book and has basically concentrated all his time and energy on learning about global warming. So, he was coming to speak at the Uni and I had to help organise the huge event that goes along with having an American Politician visit. Those who qualified for an invite had made significant donations to the university in the 6 digits several times over. It was very interesting going from the non-profit organisation and going to the very much profit world of the major donors of UBC! Where do these people get their money? It's obscene!!

I'll also attach some pics of UBC, it's such a great campus. In prime prime prime real estate. The who's who of Vancouver live in that area.

I've just secured a volunteer position working at the Vancouver Folk Music Festival as a volunteer coordinator. If I can't work in non-profit stuff, I have to do it my spare time. So, I'll be trying to recruit non-profit orgs that are relevant with the international music acts that performing, and find relevant orgs to come to the festival and spread the word of their work. Then manage the volunteers to make the organisation tent happen over the weekend of the festival. All good stuff for the resume.
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