Hard to believe we’ve been here two days – it seems like a week already. Here’s our arrival at the gate to our house, with all of our baggage and Buddy.
Our air freight, that was supposed to arrive December 31, then was guaranteed to arrive on January 5, is MIA. No one seems to know where it is. I’ve said Abracadabra three times while pirouetting so it should come Monday.
Buddy has settled in well. He inspected every room even more intensely than we did. We’d look up and he’d be gone and he’d be exploring various closets and bathrooms – the places with the best smells.
We almost went and stayed in a hotel for a few days when we arrived on Thursday because we had nothing to sleep on. However, the neighbors stepped in and gave us a real bed(!), sheets, a quilt, two towels, 2 bowls, 2 plates, 2 mugs, some silverware, a skillet and a pot, so we’re doing well and sleeping comfortably.
The power went out for the first time last night. Apparently, in parts of Zambia the power goes out regularly for 4-8 hours a day. However, because we live next door to a high government official, they told us the power rarely if ever goes out. Sure enough, even though it was a spectacular thunder and lightning storm, the power was out only 10 minutes before it was turned back on. During this time Thom got the opportunity to break in his handy dandy lantern that I told him we didn’t need and was wasting our money. He didn’t even say I told you so (he’s a keeper).
We love the house and are in the process of doing all of the things you do when you move in – buying toilet paper, food, rugs, etc. I finally found my packed shampoo and so was able to wash my hair for the first time since we’ve left (4 days), which Thom appreciated.
I kind of think it’s an advantage that our air shipment has yet to arrive because we’re almost done unpacking the 10 pieces of baggage we bought and have been able to make the “fix-it” list and focus on getting the house up and running. Our landlady is wonderful – I texted her this morning about the backed-up sink and she has a plumber coming in a few hours. Oh and did I mention it’s sunny, with highs in the low 80s during the day and the lows in the low 60s during the night? (hmmmm…I wrote this in the morning and now it’s pouring, that’ll teach me!)