Today is a Shiva Ratri – a public holiday to celebrate Lord Shiva. All the children are off school and many of them were playing on the streets. A rope, strung across the road to stop both passengers and vehicles in exchange for money in order to pass through, seems a popular game.
When not in Language classes, Dianne and I are spending most of our time apartment hunting, as we have to vacate our guesthouse by Saturday. Finding apartments that have at the minimum hot water; an inverter during loadshedding periods and are bright and secure enough is quite a big ask within our VSO allowance.
The kind invitations that we have received all week for supper at various colleagues beautiful houses have not helped to lower our accommodation expectations, so it will continue to be a busy few days. Other highlights include:
– Surprising Sushila on her birthday, who proceeded to hand feed us all cake. The local supermarket was even in on the surprise helping us wrap Sushila’s gifts.
– Being woken up by a jolly band in our street, who played all day and evening to celebrate a local wedding.
– Chris and Meha are shortly to depart back to the UK and have kindly given us our first home furniture….so we have cushions but no home!!!