Three weeks since my last post so lots to report! The big thing is that I'm now in my own flat, still walking distance from work, 8th floor in an 11 floor apartment block. Great views from the windows:
And here's my attempt to capture the evening light changes. Any advice from any photographers out there, given that I have a tripod etc. with me, gratefully received!
Overall, it's great being here. En suite double spare bedroom for any visitors, back up electricity generator which is a big necessity here. And 24 hour security. Total of 5 air conditioning units, one of which is strategically placed about my piano, another above my desk. Bliss!
Hellen my housekeeper has started to look after my flat for me. Have to say, the job she's doing is quite extraordinary! To the point that I'm really quite concerned about my health - what will my immune system have to do living in such pristine conditions? Although when I shared this with a colleague it was pointed out that the problem ceases as soon as I set foot in the street, so probably needn't worry.
Also have been allocated a car. Can't decide which is the more difficult, driving here or driving an automatic - must remember the pedal on the left is the brake not the clutch!!!! Although starting to be converted to the cause, particularly in heavy traffic which is often the norm round here. Have to say, really don't like honking the horn as a way of attracting the security guard's attention to open gates for me, but that seems to be what is done. And - work has an arrangement for petrol which means I need to use BP garages, except they're not called BP here, they're called Puma. Except on all the paperwork I was given they are called BP, this confusion caused me a major runaround on Saturday in trying to find the BP garages which don't quite exist. Although good to clock up a few miles in being comfortable driving here, I suppose. Drove to church this morning past the taxi rank at the end of the street. Was it my imagination or did I get the evil eye - "you used to be a customer and now you're driving yourself!!!!"
Visits to schools were amazing, children were absolutely fantastic, certainly discipline standards appear to be far higher than in the UK. Against this can easily be found on the public web data which would indicate that standards here are very low - see for example http://www.uwezo.net/ Even keener than before to find ways of working positively with colleagues in making the best possible use of children's time whilst in school.
I'll try to be a more frequent blogger now that I'm fully moved with Internet sorted out etc. Power cuts can cause a problem but that isn't really an excuse. Once again, am keeping an eye on usage figures, thank you so much for coming, and do keep in touch!