I find it helpful to picture someone else's life when I can picture their environment, so here we go.
This is our street.
The first night we pulled in, Cindy, who was driving us, was giving us "the tour" and she said, "and here's your street!"
I thought, "I don't see a street. I see a path." In Mango, this is a street.
And this is our house from outside our gate. The local kids bang on the metal door so it isn't hard to know when they are there. You can also see the tree (on the left side) that they sit in and look over our fence at us. It's funny to see four or five kids in that little tree.
And here's our house from inside the wall:
Sorry about all the laundry blocking the view, but it's almost always there. The laundry is continual here just like it was at home! The green grass you see is unheard of here. The missionary couple who lived here before us picked the grass in bunches as they went about the town and transplanted it here. Then it grew in. They were good gardeners for sure! We have a banana tree (with bananas on it!), papaya trees and a few others that I don't know. The only small problem I have with the trees is that snakes like trees. Green mambas really like trees.
This is our living room...
Here's the kitchen, sort of. And again, this kitchen is unbelievably huge compared to the other missionary kitchens. The couple who lived here before did a big reno. And guess who is in my kitchen making Chicken Pot Pie?? Odile!!
Next are the bedrooms - one for me and Nate, one with blue quilts for Nolan and Red Ted (he's a tad sunburnt today), and one with three beds for Kylie, Ethan and Jack:
This is our dining area and will be where we do school. I didn't bother to take pics of our bathrooms because, well, they look pretty normal. Toilet, stand up shower (no tub) and a sink. Even towel racks.
The chairs that we are using are quite nice, made by the students from the Blind School at south hospital in Tsiko (pronounced Cheeko). Solid wood and woven very nicely -- all for about 9000 francs each which translates to about $19 a chair!
I do have one pic of Teddy in his tub in the shower (I'll share that one because it's so cute):
Bath time in a rubbermaid!! These things are so handy.
So that's us -- quite comfy in Mango. Believe me, this is a BEAUTIFUL house here -- we are so thankful for it. For it's Africa-proof-screens on the windows and doors that keep bugs and critters out, for ceiling fans, for electricity, for running water, for appliances that work, for so much that in Canada, we would have never even considered NOT having. Here, in Mango, these are BIG deal things and we are very very grateful.
Wait til I show you photos of our neighbours homes....then you'll get what I mean.