I enjoy sitting at the beach bar (one of several) in the evening. Vendors come buy selling cigarettes/breath mints/chinese condoms, watches, stuffed animals, tourist knickknacks, etc. usually this is annoying, but sometimes they have Swisher Sweet cigars. Nothing better than a cigar on the beach with a cold one. Looking at the ships off the coast and making sure some kid doesnt run off with D's purse. Seriously, I really enjoy beach bar.
We eat Really well in Lome. After taking the GRE, D and a bunch of people went to this Lebanese downtown. I met up with them there. The owner said he'd make us food for 4 mille a person. He must have brought out 10 different dishes. We were stuffed. With leftovers.
D and I go to this other Lebanese spot near the Bureau a lot. Its like a bakery I guess with a wood fired oven outside. We get pita bread baked with cheese or spices or meat. Its really good. And they have "turkish" coffee. which is always amazing.
Lome also has a large chinese expat community, so there are a bunch of chinese restaurants near here. We tried out one a couple days ago. I had sweet/sour chicken for the first time in like 2 years.
We also had fried calimari another night.
We obtained a copy of the new Les Miserables the other night. I woke up the next morning with the songs stuck in my head.
I usually hate AC, but i need to stop sweating at some point. All the PCVs from up north always moan about how humid Lome is. Up north its hotter, but much dryer. I seriously dont know how people could stand it here before electricity.
Another nice thing about Lome is that there is ice cream here. Mint milkshake. That's all I'm saying.
Actually, another problem with Lome is that its easy to blow a lot of money on eating here. Who wants to drop 100 cfa for rice off the street when you can get a legit cheeseburger for 1800? or pizza for 4000?
The pump project is officially done. We have accounted for all of our funds. For every one of the 20,000 that we spent. And over 10,000 people in west Kara are drinking clean water now.
so, there are some pictures. I dont think I have posted them before. My apologies if I have. The AC is scrambling my head.
|D is trying out a new pump|
|Another new pump|
|I'm taking apart a new pump head|
|our installation team working|
|this is definitely "before" pic|
|D, Saye, and Kadar doing a health talk|