Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The little things

It really is the little things that you miss, things you wouldn’t even really think about until you don’t have them anymore. For example when you are not feeling well and you run out of OJ, you can’t just run to the store and pick some up. You have to wait until the next day and call a driver and wait, go to the store and search, and there is no guarantee that they are going to have what you want.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

In Sickness and In Health

Well, this week began okay with Pizza for dinner on Sunday night. But as the week went on, Dave and I got sick, but on different days. Monday afternoon I had a fever and just felt bad. Anytime you have a fever they tell you to go to the SOS clinic and get checked for malaria. So Dave took me to the clinic when he got home from work, and they drew blood. For those of ya'll who know me, I am freaked out by blood and needles. Anyway, malaria test was negative but they said my white blood cell count was high. I am better now after taking the antibiotic that they prescribed. Dave though hasn't been so fortunate. On Tuesday he went to the clinic because he felt like he had sinus infection. The doctor confirmed it but after taking medicine everyday he is not quite better yet. At least now we know that there is a reliable international clinic with doctors who know what they're doing.
Other than taking care of Dave I have just finished up my second class towards my MEd. It is nice to feel like I am accomplishing something. Sometimes I do get bored here, especially since Dave works long days. Hopefully when school starts I can do some substituting at the American School and also teach more dance classes with the Society of the Performing Arts of Nigeria, a nonprofit studio that gives lots of scholarships to local Nigerians who are interested in dance. Right now I am teaching some ballet and jazz classes 3 days a week. I am also excited about our first R and R trip in three weeks. We are going on a Mediterranean cruise for 7 days and then we will be staying in Barcelona for 5 days. Maybe I will be able to remember some Spanish from the 7 years I took it in high school and college!

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Shipment arrived

Yeah our stuff finally made it here

Out to dinner to celebrate our good fortune!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Shipment should be here soon

We shipped a bunch of our stuff over here, the week before I came home and they promised us delivery within two weeks. Well promises around here are about worth the paper that they are printed on. We've now both been back for 5 weeks, and including the 2 weeks that I was home we are now about the 8th week in to waiting for our 2 week air shipment. We have been on the phone, and email and have been promised "Oh it will be there tomorrow" since I figured out that they weren't going to get our stuff here without constant attention. This has been the cause of much consternation since we have been back, and again yesterday we have been promised our stuff will get here today. The last excuse that they gave us was that our stuff was at the airport but they couldn't get a forklift to get our things onto a truck. One of the really frustrating aspects was that the majority of the hold up wasn't the Nigerian company but the company shipping our stuff out of Houston. If you ever want to know who not to use when shipping thing out of Houston just talk to me and I'll tell you who not to use. (On a side note if you want to know which discount online travel agency not to use ask me about that and I'll tell you that too.)

Anyway our stuff is supposed to get here today so hopefully we can get it and stop worrying about it.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Pictures from Suzanne

Here are some pictures that I took today. It was raining so that is why some look kind of weird.

In our neigborhood goats are always walking around.

Ladies carry everything on their heads.

Most local people get around on okadas.

Stuck in traffic on the bridge from Victoria Island to Ikoyi.

Our driver Olu

Right here was a picture of our building but I thought it would be better to not put it on the internet.

This is the grocery store that I go to. Today they had Pringles and the other day they had M and M's. You never know what they will have each day.

Another lady with bread

This is outside of our apartments. There are lots of trees and plants where we live.

Friday, July 4, 2008

New Camera

We decided that it didn’t make much sense to go through our experiences here without a camera. For this blog is as much a journal for us to remember our experiences as much as it is a way to keep others up to date with what’s going on, and by golly we want some pictures. Therefore we broke down and bought a new one.

I know by the title of the post it would make sense that I would have a picture to go along with this blog, but we haven’t actually started taking pictures with the new camera yet so those will have to come later. Also to be honest you really have to wait until the right time of the night to upload pictures, because the speed of the internet is determined by how many people our using it at a particular time, and during the day it is abysmally slow.

Stay tuned more pictures to come soon…