A Misplaced Displaced Geek

From the US to Zimbabwe and Back

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This book documents nearly two years of our life transitioning from Ankeny, Iowa, USA to Harare, Zimbabwe, Africa and back to the US again. Knowing that we were transitioning from a first-world, middle-class lifestyle to a third-world country with varieties of unknown elements, the purpose of the book was originally to document raw emotions, observations and thoughts along the journey for the purposes of analyzing how we transition, why we transition the way we do and what it looks like along the way. In reality, while we had traveled internationally many times before we fast learned the difference between traveling overseas and living overseas.

We believed we were reasonably intelligent people and prepared for most. We were naive.

This journey proved to be the hardest and best two years of our lives to date. Zimbabwe taught us the difference between 'desire' and 'need', brought us closer as a family, showed us more plainly who we really are and helped us strengthen our love of home country while opening our eyes to the world including the harsh realities of country formation, leaders, politics and poverty.

While this book does not document every single day, it documents various high and low points along the journey which crafted this family's experiences, outlook and personalities.

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Table of Contents

  1. February 2010
    1. Day 000 Packing, Loading and Leaving
    2. Day 001
    3. Day 002
    4. Day 003
    5. Day 004
    6. Day 005
    7. Day 006
    8. Day 007
    9. Day 008
    10. Day 009
    11. Day 010
    12. Day 011
    13. Day 012
    14. Day 013
    15. Day 014
  2. March 2010
    1. Day 015
    2. Day 016
    3. Day 018
    4. Day 019
    5. Day 020
    6. Day 021
    7. Day 022
    8. Day 023
    9. Day 024
    10. Day 025
    11. Day 026
    12. Day 027
    13. Day 028
    14. Day 029
    15. Day 030
    16. Day 031
    17. Day 032
    18. Day 033
    19. Day 034
    20. Day 035
    21. Day 036
    22. Day 037
    23. Day 038
    24. Day 039
    25. Day 040
  3. April 2010
    1. Day 041
    2. Day 042
    3. Day 043
    4. Day 044
    5. Day 045
    6. Day 046
    7. Day 047
    8. Day 048
    9. Day 049
    10. Day 050
    11. Day 051
    12. Day 052
    13. Day 053
    14. Day 054
    15. Day 055
    16. Day 056
    17. Day 057
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    21. Day 061
    22. Day 062
    23. Day 063
    24. Day 065
    25. Day 066
    26. Day 067
    27. Day 068
  4. May 2010
    1. Day 069
    2. Day 070
    3. Day 074
    4. Day 075
    5. Day 076
    6. Day 077
    7. Day 078
    8. Day 079
    9. Day 080
    10. Day 081
    11. Day 082
    12. Day 083
    13. Day 084
    14. Day 085
    15. Day 086
    16. Day 087
    17. Day 088
    18. Day 089
    19. Day 090 Status
    20. Day 090 Submitted Timeline
    21. Day 091
    22. Day 092
    23. Day 093
    24. Day 094
  5. June 2010
    1. Day 095
    2. Day 096
    3. Day 097
    4. Day 098
    5. Day 099
    6. Day 100
    7. Day 101
    8. Day 102
    9. Day 103
    10. Day 104
    11. Day 105
    12. Day 106
    13. Day 107
    14. Day 108
    15. Day 109
    16. Day 110
    17. Day 111
    18. Day 112
    19. Day 113
    20. Day 114
    21. Day 115
    22. Day 116
    23. Day 117
    24. Day 118
    25. Day 119
    26. Day 120
  6. July 2010
    1. Day 121
    2. Day 122
    3. Day 123
    4. Day 124
    5. Day 125
    6. Day 126
    7. Day 127
    8. Day 128
    9. Day 129
    10. Day 130
    11. Day 131
    12. Day 132
    13. Day 133
    14. Day 134
    15. Day 135
    16. Day 136
    17. Day 137
    18. Day 138
    19. Day 139
    20. Day 140
    21. Day 141
    22. Day 142
    23. Day 143
    24. Day 144
    25. Day 145
  7. September 2010
    1. Day 146
    2. Day 147
    3. Day 148
    4. Day 149
    5. Day 150
    6. Day 151
    7. Day 152
    8. Day 153
    9. Day 154
    10. Day 155
    11. Day 156
    12. Day 157
    13. Day 158
    14. Day 159
    15. Day 160
    16. Day 161
    17. Day 162
    18. Day 163
    19. Day 164
    20. Day 165
    21. Day 166
    22. Day 168
    23. Day 169
    24. Day 170
    25. Day 171
    26. Day 172
    27. Day 173
    28. Day 174
    29. Day 175
    30. Day 176
    31. Day 177
    32. Day 178
    33. Day 179
    34. Day 180
    35. Day 181
    36. Day 182
    37. Day 183
    38. Day 184
    39. Day 185
    40. Day 186
    41. Day 187
    42. Day 188
    43. Day 189
    44. Day 190
    45. Day 191
    46. Day 192
    47. Day 193
    48. Day 194
    49. Day 195
    50. Day 196
    51. Day 197
    52. Day 198
    53. Day 199
    54. Day 200
    55. Day 201
    56. Day 202
    57. Day 203
    58. Day 204
    59. Day 205
    60. Day 207
    61. Day 208
    62. Day 209
  8. February 2011
    1. Day 210
    2. Day 211
    3. Day 212
    4. Day 214
    5. Day 215
    6. Day 231
    7. Day 339
    8. Traversing the Four Phases
    9. Doing Business \$HERE
  9. March 2011
    1. Fair and Balanced Observation I of III
    2. Fair and Balanced Observation II of III
  10. April 2011
    1. Fair and Balanced Observation III of III
    2. Things I’ve Learned So Far
  11. October 2011
    1. How We Left Zimbabwe
    2. Adjusting to Home
    3. What's Next?

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