Thursday, February 09, 2006
And voila! Here's my new African outfit. I wore it to the store yesterday and got great feedback. A random guy on the street was like, "Madame! You are so well dressed. It's wonderful!" And the ladies in the bakery exclaimed, "Just like an African!" I enjoyed it since most of the time you just get stared at or hassled for money.
Wednesday, February 08, 2006
This weekend I flew to Pointe-Noire, Congo's big coastal city, for the dedication of the New Testament that was recently completed in a trade language called Munukutuba. I felt really lucky to be a part of the celebration and it was a great way to kick off my work here in Africa.
Monday, February 06, 2006
Just returned from a weekend trip to Pointe-Noire for a New Testament dedication. Amongst the many new experiences I had, top ranking has to go to flying domestically on an African budget airline. I think my favorite thing was the goat-in-a-bag amongst the checked luggage. Or the 70's couch upholstery on the seats. Or the fact that they'd check a few of our passports and then just decide that we all must be OK and not check the rest. Or the bananas going around on the conveyor belt. Or the people riding the conveyor belt back to find their baggage for themselves! Other than that, it was pretty much a normal flight :o)
Lucky me, though we live in a part of town that doesn't have much going on especially in the way of food, we do live just up the street from a French bakery and icecream store! Every Sunday night after our time of singing and sharing together, we head down for some cones and a little airconditioning. This is my British colleague Gabrielle who is orienting with me and Lee, a Swiss girl tutoring the kids of a family here.