But for now, we are October breaking here in Kinshasa. This means various things for the teachers and students at our school, but for me, it's been a little of the following:
|Devouring my first lobster with a side of Club Premium Lager for a very low price. Yeah, really! I figured that "at a dive in Ghana" was as good as any setting for such an important "first." |
Afterward, I interviewed everyone at the table about their "my first lobster" story.
I won't lie, there were some tears.
|Crashing a Ghanian wedding. Sort of.|
|Frolicking with great friends and colleagues on the (sort of dirty) shores of Accra.|
|Resisting bedtime routines in order to hold sleeping (not really) babies (anymore) on my lap for many minutes upon returning home.|
|Taking this joker to "work" with us while Johan and I traded edits on grad school Statements of Purpose.|
|Documenting important specimens for our resident (mini) entomologist.|
|Watching the least scary parts of The Hobbit (and introducing Elias to the "this wasn't in the book" game) during Congo thunderstorms while wrapped in overly-touristy Maasai warrior airport souvenirs.|
I was also able to deliver Mama Vida's second piece of beautiful batik to her - straight from the arms of her "sister" Esther in Osu, Accra. She is every bit the businesswoman and I persuaded her with the promise of a large, eager-to-buy, crowd to stay open late for us:
This is what Mama Vida made with last year's fabric selection:
Can't wait to see this year's creation.