Welcome to our new surroundings! We’re just beginning to find our way around our neighborhood as well as explore the city nearby.
We’re not really allowed to drive yet because the traffic here takes some getting used to. For now we’re content walking and riding the little public transportation vans! They cost only about $0.25 each to ride, so we don’t mind at all.
This is our house. And, no we don’t actually use the satellite dish! We didn’t even have internet for over a week. Even now our internet is spotty, especially in the evening. I know, it looks pretty posh, huh! It’s one floor and has really high ceilings, which help to keep houses around here cool in the heat. It’s more space than we’ve ever had or ever will have for that matter. We’re mostly just grateful to be in our own space for the first time in a looooong while!
This is our trash receptacle, as well as a good sunny spot to hang our laundry in the driveway, which has to be moved in a out depending on if rain rolls in.
We’ve got the bare bones of an office, complete with a fan that keeps the air moving as we try to keep our electronics alive and mold-free!
Thus far, it’s pretty normal, right?! I agree. If you’d have dumped me in a village right away, I’d have been a lot less adjusted right now.
Almost everyone here drinks bottled water. We are grateful to have easy access to clean water!
Even doing dishes here is pretty standard! We have a water tank on top of our roof that feeds the house with natural pressure, as well as a pump that we switch on and off as needed, allowing us to take showers. Now the cooking arrangements are a little different. I’ve yet to try the oven, which comes on and off the burner as needed. This little stove is powered by LPG (see the tank on the floor).
All of the washing gets done in this back courtyard. We were also blessed with a second bathroom!
And there’s also our bedroom (and another small room for the baby). We keep the wardrobe open to keep the air circulating!And last, but not least, our bathroom. We were thrilled to have a standard toilet and warm showers! Our instant hot water tank is also powered by LPG. There’s also a sky light of sorts, which is nice since we have no windows on the sides of our house. But, I guess I’ll have to admit that it is a little different to have your toilet in with your shower, but I’ve pretty much stopped noticing, except when I forget to stash the toilet paper and it ends up soaked!So really, there are some differences, including the amount of bugs that actually live in our house on a regular basis. But the changes are not really radical in this transition, for which I’m grateful! I’ll take it as mercy and be thankful for every inch of home that we’ve been blessed with in the here and now!