as my second week here at FAO comes to a close I'm feeling slightly more focussed. I've made some regular coffee/lunch friends who have reassured me that everybody who starts working here is just as confused.
So, the big turn around this week has been the arrival of Kakoli, who's been helping me to re-think my NETWORK project from first principals... We're trying to start again to think clearly about exactly
What is the need?
Whats out there already?
How will we add to that?
Its really great... and she's from a plant science PhD in UK background too, so understands where I'm coming from.
Wednesday was a particular highlight this week. About 10 - 15 FAO guys took me out to a lake near the popes summer palace, surrounded by mountains and we spent an hour or so swimming the 1.7 km across it, then ate nice pizza and drank nice beer.