Hit a significant milestone on the project this week as we started pouring the ring beam.
16.10.2014 - 02.11.2014 28 °C
Well, since returning from Victoria Falls, the pace of life has very much slowed back down. Before heading out to Zambia, I had fully become content with Neno life. After such a fast paced and busy 10 days on holiday though, it has been much harder to adjust back to it. I don't remember the last time I finished a book. Part of that is because I am slogging through Lawrence In Arabia. It's interesting and fact filled, but as is the case sometimes with non-fiction, it can become very dense and lose a touch of the storytelling aspect. I'm determined to finish it before I come home though.
The last couple of weeks have been a bit slow on the project site. Between some missing carpenters and a supply truck which broke down, we weren't able to make as much progress as we wanted to. Until then, we had been keeping on schedule though, so in the end it is just one of the many punches that we have to continue to roll with. Yesterday marked a big day, as we were finally able to start pouring concrete for the beams. Once the beams are done, it should only take a couple of weeks to get the roof on, which is extremely important to make sure the building is sheltered from the rains that are on their way. It was definitely our longest day on site, as we arrived just before 8, and stayed until after 2. I even jumped up on the form work at one point to help demonstrate the best way to tie the rebar together.
On the personal side of life, there really isn't too much to report. Marco and I continue to play soccer 2-4 times a week and have also started playing in the home matches. Neither one of us are nearly as good as everyone tells us we are. In the last match, the crowd went crazy when we subbed into the match part way through the second half. It was weird playing a sport in front of a crowd again. One nice development in Neno has been the availability of Mangos in the market. They aren't yet ripe on the trees here in town, but a few of the stalls have been able to get some good ones. At last, the long period between avocado and mango seasons appears to be over.
The sunsets continue to be amazing and the kids entertaining.