Latest on the job front

(This is going to be one of those semi-introspective blog postings, so those of you looking for exciting tales of travel or government collapse can get up and go to the fridge.) I had an interview on Saturday afternoon with the new Chief of Party for a USAID-funded contract on local governance, and the results were not encouraging. The projects will focus on municipal revenue generation (sale of underperforming assets, fee development, etc.), spending plans, efficiency improvements, and the various legal and regulatory underpinnings all this will entail. While there may be something I can do for the contract over…

What It’s Like (Part 3). Ugh.

Google Earth doesn’t capture the ground-level of view of stony, muddy, paths penetrating through broken clusters of what is essentially Mediterranean slum housing … nonetheless, I took Cooper up into a warren of alleys in the hills behind Selita today and found an electric substation. The most interesting parts of Tirana often aren’t the prettiest. Our house is in the upper right corner of the aerial photograph, where the yellow “thumbtack” is.