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Wainwrightistan, Part 1 – I’m back.

Over the past three and a half weeks, I have been living on CFB Wainwright, participating in the Journalism in Conflict Zones course, which is run in conjunction with the Canadian Forces’ Maple Guardian training.

This was the Wainwright version of Afghan village Bazar-e Panjwai. Excuse the spelling, if incorrect — it was spelled in many different ways on course.

Basically, it’s a mini-Afghanistan set up in southern Alberta, complete with villages stocked with residents and little military bases.

As part of the media training for officers, we published newscasts and newspapers that spread the word about what was going on “in the box.”

I’ll be publishing the thoughts running through my head during the course, and some of the words I wrote in my off-time.


DAY ONE – SEPT. 13, 2010

Bonne soirée!

Not quite what I expected. It’s hilly here. Very hilly. I didn’t think my dad was right when he told me that.

I’m in bed. Haven’t slept in one of my own in a long time. There’s wireless internet. I should have brought my laptop. And the food isn’t half bad, either, for cafeteria crap.

I should move in, really. It’s nicer here than in my bedbug-infested, unheated torture chamber of a house in Athabasca.

DAY TWO – SEPT. 14, 2010

I am glad I learned French when I did and can plus ou moins understand it. The 22e regiment (a.k.a. The “Van Doos”) from Québec are here. I love the opportunity to practice la langue.

I think this course will be tough, tough, tough. Hard, hard work, but for something I love. Exciting. The chance to break rules and be creative.

God, I love this job. Especially the rule-bending and rule-breaking. Long live rebellion.


2 comments on “Wainwrightistan, Part 1 – I’m back.

  1. Tony Brunjes
    October 7, 2010

    Like a good book, I can’t put it down!… The suspense is killing me!

  2. Devon
    October 8, 2010


    I’ve heard of this course and am so glad you’re taking it. Sounds like a totally unique experience.

    Looking forward to more posts!


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