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Sunset over the Niger

After our day of visiting our former town, we ate out.  We were just too tired to cook a meal.  We went to one of our favorite restaurants near the river.  There are several reasons we like this restaurant:
1.  It starts to serve early.  We can go around 6 p.m. and get served.  Most restaurants don't start serving until about 7:30, following both French and Nigerien customs of not eating until 8 or 9 p.m.  
2.  It's not that cheap, but it's cheaper than many restaurants.  We figured we paid about $9.00 a person.  But that is for organic beef, potatoes peeled, cut, and fried on the spot, and delicious green beans, plus drinks and the tip.  
3.  Which is my next point....the food is delicious!  The menu is simple...beef brochettes, a plate of green beans seasoned with onions and garlic, and french fries.  All of the above is served with a hot pepper sauce to dip your meat in, mustard, mayonnaise, or ketchup.
4.  We like the setting.  We sit outside, looking over the river, and …

Our Town

One of the main things we wanted to do while Suz and Theo were here was to visit the town where we lived and worked for 16 years.  It is essentially where Daniel and Suzanne grew up.  It played a huge part in making them who they are today.


We left early in the morning on market day, crossing the river at the ferry.  In rural areas, many people leave the towns during the rainy season and go live in their fields.  Their fields can be 5-10 miles from the town, so many of them will have a little hut in their field where they live during the rainy season, eliminating the long commute they would normally have. 
But, market day will find them returning to town to buy supplies, meet up with friends, and catch up on the gossip.  So we chose market day to visit knowing it would be our best chance to see friends who might otherwise be living near their fields.

The first thing we noticed when we drove into town that more permanent shelters had been built in the market and that one of the roads goi…

Settling In

In the past three weeks since our return, we have done a lot of work, just on the apartment alone.  First, we unpacked all our luggage and found places for everything.

Then we contacted the painters and had them come. It took them four days, I think, but there was a weekend in there, so we were displaced for six days.  Thankfully the apartment next door was empty and we were able to sleep and eat over there.  They used oil-based paints and the fumes were just too much to sleep here!  Most of the apartment is painted white, but we have colors in our room, bathroom, and one wall of Suzanne's room (which will become the office and guest room since there is an air conditioner in there).  However, I am not telling you yet what the colors are.  I have a "new" bedspread, curtains, shower curtain, floor rugs, etc. on a container that is coming.  The colors are meant to go with those items, so you'll have to wait until they arrive before I show you what the rooms look like. …

Home Again

Our trip back to Africa was interesting, as usual.  Our flight was slightly delayed boarding.  Once we got on there was an incident of a woman yelling at a man about all his carry-ons.  Later on we realized they were a couple!



No sooner did everybody get settled on board, but a thunderstorm came up.  That meant we just sat in the plane and didn't leave the gate for over two hours.  They didn't turn on any air, so it got hotter and hotter in the plane.  A bunch of people flipped out and went to the front of the plane and started yelling and shouting.  We're not sure if they were demanding to be let off or just demanding air.  Shortly after that, they did turn on the air and we moved away from the gate.  It was a bit disturbing to all the passengers.  We once sat in an airplane at the same airport for six hours, so two to three hours seemed pretty good to us!
We did arrive safely at our final destination in spite of adventures with people with numerous carry-ons on our second …