We're moving soon. In April probably. I'm reeeeaaallly excited. We've been in this neighbourhood for just over a year and have enjoyed living here, all in all. But it's behind a wall and I just can't get used to that. Its also in a gunshot-every-night kinda area and we live right next to the most unsociable church you will ever find. Now I wouldn't mind if it was lovely church singing and quaint church bells every Sunday but it is as far from that as you can get. Fire and Brimstone preaching (through a megaphone). Terrible terrible karaoke type singing (through a megaphone) and crazy tongue-speak that sounds like cats and chilli in a blender booming out as loud as non-stop thunder. And now they seem to have purchased one of those terrible tinny Chinese xylophone things that they somehow manage to crank up really really really loud. The last straw. It wouldn't matter SO much if we could drown it out with our own music but the power cuts are so frequent that our music doesn't work and they have a bloody generator. And this is not just on Sunday. Its on most days, certainly all weekend and every Friday night from dusk until dawn. Here it is - looks pretty innocuous doesn't it. Don't be fooled! Oh and we drove past yesterday and they were only preaching to about 6 people.
But all in all its a cool neighbourhood to live in. The road is a bit of a bugger but not unbearable
At the bottom of the road is a hub of activity. You can buy most things there. There are hardware stores, a little market (which is also the bus stop), charcoal sellers. Damn, didn't get a picture of the butchers. A tiny white building with legs hanging in the open hatch. Cow legs that is,
A hair cutting parlour
And my favourite, the video place. I think they show movies here and write up the movie schedule on chalk on the side.
We have some funny neighbours
And some pretty trees
And when we drive to town we drive through some coffee plantations
But we're moving up to where the air is fresh, where the mountain is visible, and where the view is most spectacular. To Ngorobob Hill where the neighbours are our best friends. Hurrah.
Oh and every day we see SOMEthing that makes us smile and jump up and down and chuckle and clap our hands together in glee no? An "A'int life grand" moment? Mine yesterday was, at the only traffic lights in town, a goat, waiting at the zebra crossing for the lights to change to cross over the road. In with a big group of people but not actually WITH anyone. Hahaha. We advised it to run for the hills before it was made into nyama choma and it seemed to heed our advice and made a beeline for Mt Meru. Good luck Bwana Mbuzi.