Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
While living in Namibia, then Russia, now Angola Sam and I have been primarily pedestrians. We walk. A lot. We use public transport. We've hailed taxis, taken trains and used the metro. As I walked home the other day from the school at Mitcha, I thought about how blessed we are that especially in the beginning of living in a new country we have not had the financial ability to buy a car. Yes. Read that again. It really has been a blessing. If you really want to discover a new town/city/country, do it on foot. While living in Saint Petersburg, a friend once told me that it really is like 3 different cities. One is what you see by car - things whizz by quickly, your attention is, or at the very least should be, on the road. You are anonymous. Invisible. Just another hunk of metal rolling down the road. Another is what you encounter by public transportation - buses, taxis, and metro station to metro station. The latter really simplifies the city to a network of underground tunnels, that spit you out into the daylight at or near your destination, without really uncovering anything you didn't already know. And finally, the city on foot. Here's where you'll find the REAL city. The everyday people. The sights, the sounds, yes, even the smells. And you become part of it. Gone is the anonymity of the automobile. You are one of those sights. If you're walking and you happen to look quite different from the majority of those around you on the streets, oh...I don't know...perhaps having black skin in Saint Petersburg or white skin in Lubango, You. Will. Be. One. Of. Those. Sights. Yes, but you will also really get to see the sights around you too. I don't want to lose that connection - that heartbeat I feel that reminds me, "this is where you live." And it's unfamiliar, but it will become familiar. Not because you change it into what is familiar. But because it changes you.
Friday, February 10, 2012
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
As she did in December, Amber, oh similar soul of mine, has challenged me with a month-long photo challenge. I haven't been the best at posting them daily as I had hoped, but today the network seems to be cooperating and I'm eager to play catch up. So without further ado... Day 1 - "My View Today"
Tuesday, February 07, 2012
This past weekend I had the opportunity to go HERE A.K.A "the farm", which is really more of a ranch. it was a nice, relaxing weekend. Unfortunately Sam wasn't along with me, as he had to attend a medical conference in Luanda. However, I was invited along by Sam's cousin, Helena, and her husband Brent. It turned out to be a lovely weekend and a very nice birthday, which happened to be on Saturday. I had A HOT SHOWER!!! A GOOD CUP OF COFFEE!!! even a birthday cake. Here are a few pics I took over the weekend:
Over the weekend Sam and I got our chance in the kitchen. Earlier in the week Sam and Julina were talking and she mentioned something about wanting to make pizza, but not being sure how to make pizza dough. Sam told her I knew how and could show her, so the plan was born to have a pizza night on Saturday. Somehow the topic of apple pie also came up – I think because it just seems “American” and people have only ever seen it in movies. So Sam decided to bake an apple pie. It was a busy day in the kitchen. We spent the afternoon preparing dough and chopping up veggies and all the toppings for our pizzas. Sam and Miesenya worked on the apple pie. And Julina finished up a batch of yogurt.
Give Us Now Our Daily Bread 14/1/12 We eat bread. A LOT of bread. These little loaves are my breakfast with butter or jam or peanut butter or honey to accompany my tea.