Archive for January, 2007
You see, it wasn’t just any old blue sweatshirt: this one had a shield on the with the word ‘NEWNHAM’ underneath it in yellow. This was a genuine piece of school uniform from Newnham Middle School, Bedford, where I taught for 4 years before coming to Benin! Wow! So, how did she get it? Well, another market in Cotonou, Missebo, sells second hand clothes, many from British charity shops, so that’s the most likely.
I was amazed, but of course the lady was not at all moved by the event (although she did offer to sell it to me for a tenner, which I politely refused!) Mind you, I did managed to get her to let me look at the name tag, which read: Sarah D. So, Sarah, whoever you are, a Beninese market stall holder is wearing your old school top!!
(NB If you’ve not seen our wild animal pics yet, click here to see them).
Thanks for visiting!
Happy New Year folks!
We had a lovely New Year’s Eve with some missionary friends, with sparklers on the roof and even fireworks! New Year’s Day – like Christmas Day – we had friends round for snacks and games, which was fun.
One of the highlights of his visit was Dantokpa Market, the largest market in West Africa. Here it is:
(NB These photos are on the gallery, along with some more new Cotonou ones.
Now, onto the Blutak thing…
We already mentioned the Harmattan , which came briefly in early December. Well, to herald the arrival of 2007, the Cotonou has one of the strongest Harmattans for a long while. This dusty, dry wind is so thick you can see it and even taste it! If you look down our street, you can barely see the end of it (it’s like London in the fog!)
One good thing about the Harmattan is that it makes the weather cooler – it was a mere 24 degrees C this morning, and 50% humidity or less. Nice. But, one downside (I’m getting there now!) is that everything dries out (including ones lips, feet, eyes…). This includes your doors and doorframes (which no longer fit properly) and anything blutacked on the wall is likely to fall off. Half the postcards in our hall (kindly sent by YOU good people) are curling up and falling off the wall! Eeek! Still, it should be over in a week or so.
Hope you all had a great Christmas. Here are our three visiting Santa:
Bye for now, thanks for visiting!
Just a quick note: if you like birds, I’ve just added a few more to the ‘Birds of Benin and Togo’ album.
For example, here’s a malachite kingfisher we saw in the park:
Plenty more on the gallery – just click on one of the above or on the ‘photos’ picture to the right, then click on ‘Rob Baker’s Photo Gallery’.
Bye for now!