Fact: It is very hard to see a Zambian in a power outage.
Monday, February 26, 2007
Fact: It is very hard to see a Zambian in a power outage.
Friday, February 23, 2007
What wasn't quite as thrilling was the water that spilled in under our door, creating a mini flood of sorts. We had one old towel to try and stop the mighty waters which we must have rung out about 15 times.
And here is a random fact: You know that song by Toto about the rains in Africa? I always thought it was "I'll miss the rains down in Africa" but it is actually "I bless the rains down in Africa"...huh, who knew! Well, I'm with ya Toto!
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Yesterday for orientation we took a walk around the neighbourhood. "The Farm" is located about half an our outside of town, so it's a more rural area, which I love. We got to visit some people in the surrounding area and get a tiny taste of life out here...along with a little reminder that sunscreen is important! (I'll be black before you know it!)
Last night I found this gecko on the wall of our hut above my bed. I tried to take a picture, but it was too quick for me. You can see the tail if you look close. I don't mind these guys because apparently they eat the mosquitoes and spiders! Random facts/highlights of my first days here:
- it is the rainy season right now...although Shannon still gets sunburned. Nothing like BC, it rains hard for 10 minutes and then stops. It can also be quite windy and stormy.
- we are 10 hours ahead of West Coast time
- they drive on the left side of the road
- I was in my first accident. I wasn't driving but we got sideswiped in a round about. No one was injured in these events.
- they go by military time in Zambia
- jet lag stinks!
- we are on well water where I live so you can drink straight from the tap. Last time I was here you had to purify it first and I hated the taste so I thought I would be dehydrated for a year cause I didn't want to drink the water!
- the language I am learning is called Nyanja
- this evening we had to rescue our seven puppies from these nasty biting ants. Apparently these ants can kill an elephant because they burrow everywhere and pretty much drive the elephant mad until it kills itself by bashing it's head into trees and alike.
- Benjamin Franklin invented bi-focal glasses (I didn't learn that here but thought I would share)
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
(click on the pictures to make them bigger)
The Hut - where my "hutmate" Steph and I reside
Inside Look- I sleep on the right, under my net
Shower (right)/Toilet (left)- where I take my monthly shower
The RoofHuts from a distance- there are three in total on the property, mine is on the left
The main house- where we cook, eat, some sleep, and keep the Zebras
Friday, February 09, 2007
We'll see how this list evolves and changes once I get there...
Most excited about: music
Most scared about: snakes
One thing I want to learn: to dance not so “white-like”
What I hope to accomplish: world peace and a cure for AIDS
Determined to: eat weird things
What I will miss the most: TV…just kidding, you
Who I will miss the most: Dwight Schrute
TV shows I will miss the most: The Office, The Amazing Race, Survivor at the Zanbergen’s with the gang, and Ellen
What did I pack just for fun/sentimental value: pictures (especially my sweater pics), my “Office” calendar, a Nerf basketall hoop and ball (Nerf guns would have been too big), my travel mug, travel chopsticks, and a puppy (okay, there’s no puppy)
What I’m not looking forward to: getting sick, missing home, culture shock, seeing things that break my heart, wearing skirts all time (the inhibit the frequent high kicks I like to do)
What I’m looking forward to: meeting new friends, experiencing a new culture, adventure, the sun, taming a lion
What will I do as soon as I get off the plane: sing the introduction from the song “The Circle of Life”
Another thing I want to learn: to play the drum
Something unexpected I packed: long johns (not the doughnuts, the undergarment)
Something God has taught me through this process: to wait, patience (still not so good at that)
When is my birthday: May 19th …please come to by birthday party
What’s the most annoying thing about my computer keyboard: the shift key keeps falling off!!!
Monday, February 05, 2007
And we're off! I have successfully found myself in Ontario. After a power outage in the middle of the night when we were supposed to be up at 4am to get ready go to the airport my family and I found ourselves getting ready in the dark. That's pretty much a nightmare to have your power go off the one morning you really need to arise on time. (Like that Seinfeld where Elaine was hosting that marathon runner and he slept in and missed his race, and then the next time he stayed with Jerry and missed it again...anyone with me? Anyways...) But we made it. The flight to the big "T.O" was smooth sailing and me and all my luggage arrived intact! It's cold here, but nothing a few dozen layers can't handle! I'll report more as it happens, stay tuned for the action that is sure to be riveting!!
Friday, February 02, 2007
This past week has been a week of goodbyes and getting ready to go. It's hard to say goodbye to the people I love but I'm excited for the year ahead...a real mixed bag of emotions, surreal almost. So in the words of Glass Tiger: "Don't forget me when I'm gone!"
If there is one night of the week I am going to miss the most here it would be Thursday night! I will miss it most because this is the night "The Office" is on...just kiddin' (well, I really like that too). Thursday night is youth night and this past Thursday was my last for a while and the last with this specific group. We spent the evening helping out at the MCC Wharehouse, loading clothes into a container bound for India and also trying to find Megans coat with her keys and phone that accidentally got thrown amidst the endless bags of clothes! (we found it though!). When we got back to the church they totally surprised me with a little farewell hootenanny! They decorated, baked, shoved my face in a cake, tried to push me in a kiddie pool and that is why I love them so. So this one goes out to the ones I love...the Bakerview youth. I'm gonna miss you guys!