Following on the last post, here is another aspect of life in Africa- perhaps more of the reality. Beneath the glamor of my lovely charming new accommodation, here is what’s actually happening inside:
Bahir Dar is in the malaria zone and I am taking my antimalarials, using my mosquito repellent and sleeping under a bednet faithfully.
We are by the lake and the rainy season is approaching. Hitting mosquitoes is one of my past time activity, though not my favorite. So far, those that have air-raided my house and bombed down by me with my bare hands are of the Culex species, not the Anopheles that carries the malaria parasites.
Flies are of a particular nuisance when walking down the streets. So dont be too surprised to see my head twitching from side to side as if I am having a tic.
This morning, I was awaken by a loud buzzing noise that sounded like the bulldozer from the construction site. It was actually made by a large black hornet 1.5inch long. I frantically got my DDT spray and shot it down after 3 attempts! Haha!
Just killed a spider- now I am really concerned about DDT resistance since I am using it so indiscriminately.
Did I tell you there is no water in the house? Yes, you saw taps, showers, sinks, toilets…but there is no water coming out as those items are “non-functional”, but of course sometimes it can be due to shortage of water supply as well.
So here is how my daily routine goes:
Right now the electricity supply is very satisfactory with only intermittent interruptions lasting may be 30 minutes to an hour.
Power outage is especially worse when it rains and or there are thunder storms.I have stocked up on candles and matches as other volunteers have warned that during the rainy season, the power outage can last for days.
Same goes for the internet. Intermittent with frequent cut offs. The adaptation is to write shorter messages or to save repeatedly for the work you do on the computer before everything is lost when the power goes out. I am also using a surge protector.
I guess this is Africa. It is amazing how far Ethiopia has come along despite all the hardships and difficulties the country is facing. Just like my house, the country has lots of potentials, yet it still has many existing problems such as lack of infrastructures and healthy functioning systems. Much more work is to be done. Surely and slowly…they will be there.