Chez Moi!

Trip Start Jun 27, 2008
Trip End Apr 01, 2009

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Sunday, September 7, 2008

After two months of living with American friends in a large, comfortable, sheltered even, house, I am now on my own and living in an apartment in the center of town.  If you have an image in your mind of a trendy, cosmopolitan, multi-storied building filled with young urban professionals, you're picturing the wrong country, and maybe don't know me quite as well as you think you do.  The building is actually fairly small - mine is the only apartment, though there are three more buildings behind mine that also have small living quarters for a few local Burundians, including Vanasse, the little elderly man who serves as sort of the gatekeeper for the "complex" and sweeps my porch and keeps the plants alive.  The building in which my apartment is located is a remnant of colonial days, I'm fairly sure, so is several decades old, and also houses the classroom where I teach my two students every morning and an organization called "M.E.E." which I think in English is Child Evangelism Fellowship.  Even though it's an apartment and shares walls with other people, this is very much the little cottage I've wanted to live in for as long as I can remember, complete with antique furniture, loads of plants on the porch, and even an old iron key that opens up the classroom.  There are still a few quirks to be worked on, such as figuring out why not all of the electrical outlets and lights work, repairing the hot water heater so that putting the kettle on to boil whenever I need to do dishes and taking chilly showers are no longer necessary, and repainting some of the walls to hide the mold that I can't seem to figure out how to get rid of.  (If anyone has any suggestions, I'm quite open to them.)  I completely love this place and wish that I could have you all over for tea sometime so that you could see it, too.  As that's probably a bit impractical for most of you, here are some pictures, so you can get an idea of my new teacherage. 

P.S.  Since some have already asked, the P.O. Box from before is still the address at which I will receive mail, so nothing new there.
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