Today I ventured out with our Driver, Chinedu. Chinedu took me to “The Palms”, a shopping center with about 60 stores including 5 cell phone stores, a grocery SHOPRITE (part of a South African chain), GAME (they sell everything but cars), and a cineplex. The parking lot was full, most every car had a driver waiting. This is a very popular shopping complex with the ex-pats [ex-patriots] (people like me). In all it is about 6 miles away from the hotel and took 40 minutes to get there. The streets are crowded with cars and scooters. We passed some housing construction, a new huge apartment complex with 5 cows grazing in the front yard. On the way back numerous scooters zipped in and out as well as 2 horses (no riders). I have no clue as to where they came from. So in a city of 12 million spread over 3 islands – life continues to be an adventure.
Sorry it took awhile to get a posting to everyone, but getting IT up and working took a few days. Our trip over via Atlanta was pleasantly uneventful, and although we’re in the rainy season, it has yet to rain a drop in the 2 days in which we’ve been here. The weather has been beautiful, with a high of ~82F each day. We’re living in ahotel for the time being, until our furniture arrives and we get into permenant housing.
Keep in touch, everyone!
So, today, Saturday, June, 28th, we’re hanging out with our friends at Dave French’s house in Magnolia, Texas. The day’s spent so far eating, playing cards, drinking, eating, playing pool, drinking, eating, playing with the dogs, drinking…
Seriously, we are going to miss our friends so much, but we are counting on making additional friends in Nigeria! It’s always a little bit “scary” giving up everything that you know and that you’re comfortable with, but life is an adventure, and Julie and I believe that you have never really lived life to the fullest unless you’ve pushed the envelope of your comfortability factor and reached out to the global experience. We know that Nigeria will challenge our comfort factor and our views on life and the world, but we welcome that experience, and hope that we will continue to grow in our appreciation of the true human condition.
And to all of our friends, we love you and look forward to staying as close as possible while we are over “the pond”. Stay Safe!!
More to follow…
This is how we can keep you all informed of the adventures over the next several months. We have spent the last month preparing for the big move. And on June 30 we will leave for Lagos, Nigeria. This weekend we are spending with friends: card playing, billiards, barbeque and great conversations.
Check back to see where our adventure takes us.
Rocky and Julie