We moved into our house a week ago and it’s been wonderful. Our shipment hasn’t come yet, but we have the basics that we need to get by. Or almost! We’ve stuffed clothes into pillow cases to make padding for our heads and I made cookies yesterday by mixing the ingredients in a water pitcher! But our shipment should hopefully be here soon and we’ll be able to set things up. Meanwhile, I wanted to post some pictures of the outside of our house. (I’ll post interior pictures when it’s not so bare). We have a nice big patio. Josh and I want to put a slip ‘n slide down across it. It’s perfect because it’s nice and smooth tile and it’s long enough, and it would be fun!
We have two papaya trees and I want to see what I can do about planting a mango tree! We also have some mint and basil plants. We are now in the process of planting some vegetables: tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, and okra. We have a lot of friends who come visit us regularly… crickets and lizards. The other day, a massive outdoor lizard found his way in and was hanging out on our couch. I took a picture of it (below) but this does not do it justice! I put Josh’s shoe next to it (not to hit it!) but just to compare the size. Josh wears a size 11 1/2 and the lizard was the same length!
Right outside our house, we have everything you could possibly need! Literally right next door is our favorite boulangerie. They make the best baguettes we’ve had yet. Down the road are fruit and vegetable stands, little grocery stores, meat-grilling stands, artisans selling Tuareg jewelry, pottery, material, leather goods, etc. Walking to any of these places takes just a few minutes. It’s amazing though, walking through the hot-hot sand… sometimes your flip flop kicks some sand up in between your foot and your shoe and it is SCALDING hot! It’s like when you’re at the beach and you’re running from point A to point B because your feet can’t take the heat. It’s just remarkable to me that this happens when I’m on my way to buy some fruit!