Sunday, February 12, 2012

Home Sweet Home

We have been at Mbingo for over a week now and we are making things more like home....we have also been learning new skills. We have ordered a washing machine, but it has not come in and the piping has not been finished. This means Angela has had the joy of hand washing clothes, specifically cloth diapers, and drying them on the line.  This is quite a process...

We are also learning new skills in the kitchen. This is Angela making yogurt from powdered milk.  Currently, this is Isaac's favorite food.  With a little of the local honey, it is quite tasty.

We had to stock our empty kitchen so went shopping in Bamenda (the largest nearby city which is 45 minutes away). This is a picture of one of the grocery stores. It was not as fully stocked as what we are used to, but we found most of what we needed.

Our neighbors have a horse that roams freely, which makes Isaac extremely happy. Here he is chasing down Chocolate.

It is the end of the dry season, so the Harmattan (which is dust from the Sahara desert) is in full effect. This means dust on all of the dishes, tables, floors, and clothes despite sweeping daily. This has limited our long range views of some of the mountains and will continue until the rains start next month. It is kind of like seeing fog in the distance.

This Saturday was a national holiday called Youth Day. All of the local schools came together and had a parade of sorts. Each school marched, then they danced and sang. It was fun to get out and see some of the local culture.

Overall it has been a good week. There are definitely ups and downs. Isaac has had some trouble adjusting to the time zone and new foods, but is improving. We have had some trouble getting used to the bugs and spotty electricity at times. However, the people here have been so warm and welcoming that it makes us excited to have come to Mbingo. Chuck starts work tomorrow. Angela will be home for a few more days orienting our cook and getting Isaac further adjusted.  More to come...


  1. Great taste of what life is like. I particularly like the horse roaming freely :).
    Praying for you all as you adjust. It is interesting to see what similar challenges we all have and then the different ones too! Great posts!

  2. This is exciting stuff! Sounds like you guys are doing great. Thanks for the updates!