Photo: courtesy of Christina Aakervik
For those of you who read Norwegian (bwahahaha), allow me to introduce #1Brat’s blog – Hakuna Matata.
For those of you who don’t, I shall give you a brief summary:
The children think the three weird looking whities (mzungu) are the best thing since toasted bread. They are very much in need of physical contact and cuddles, and try to braid the girls’ hair whenever they can get their hands on it. The food is good, and preparing it is time consuming. (I hope we’ll be in for a treat when she gets home. Blogger’s note).
Every Wednesday and Thursday, the electricity is shut down, mainly to save water. Which means that the toilet is moved to a hole in the ground. They’ve been there just over a week, and they find this quite natural, and in some ways, better than the WC.
They’ve been off on excursions, on hired (manned) motorbikes, and in a local “bus” (matatu), which is a Hiace type vehicule, meant for 12-14, where one somehow manages to cram in 21… They’ve been searching for a working ATM (which took most of a day), and been to a giraffe sanctuary. They also tried to attend Sunday service, which this Sunday lasted from 9am to 3pm, as there was some sort of convention going on. They gave up after a while, but luckily, no one was offended.
The experience of being the “odd man out”, and being stared at, is new, slightly irritating, and gives food for thought.
Anything else? I don’t know if there is time for homesickness – I hope not. I wish my Brat all the best in this experience, and hope she makes friends for life. I’m sure she will fall in love with Africa – I believe most people do, once they’ve been there.
Stay safe, little girl, and enjoy!