So I miss ONE day of blogging and get sent emails and even get phone calls to check why I am slacking!!! Seriously?
I have no excuses.
Today the cable for the Genset was delivered. Of course it is too short now, and can’t reach our suite. G and BLB were thinking up ways on how to move the generator closer to the hotel, but the guys are apparently making a plan and extending the cable. This will hopefully happen tomorrow.
Friday’s in Nigeria, or maybe just Abuja are basically a write off. The workers arrive on site in the morning, work until about 11am-ish, and then leave for Mosque which is between 12 and 2pm. They do come back after Mosque, only to queue outside the accountants office to wait for their weekly wages. And then they go home.
Femi (our driver) left last night to go home to see his wife and his newborn son, Delight. He’ll be back on Monday. Since we were already supposed to be in the hotel by now, we wouldn’t have needed a driver this weekend, but as we are still in Dodge Central, we have had to ask a friend of G’s, Chidy (his first driver from 2007) to drive us around for the weekend.
This morning we went to the hotel and the power was off. Mic and I just got settled into the darkness of our suite with colouring books ready to entertain, when Chidycame knocking to tell us the Bossman (G) had sent him to fetch us and take us back to Dodge Central. Without questioning why, we grabbed our stuff and headed out again. We walked passed G shitting all over some workers on our way out. Seemed like a good idea to get out of the way and spend the day at Dodge Central again.
I must admit, the staff at Dodge C. are very friendly and very keen to help with anything you ask. I called reception and asked if they could perhaps change one of the 4 sport channels to a cartoon channel, so at least Mic could have some animated entertainment for a few hours. Ok, truth, it was so that I could have some peace. Iadmit it. The guy I spoke to couldnt really grasp what i was asking, so sent another guy to our room to sort out my problem. He got it. He told me to keep the tv on a specific channel and he would try find a kids channel. 30 Mins later and after I’d seen him scroll through the entire DSTV decoder channels at least 4 times, he came back to my room to apologise that unfortunately they do not subscribe to any children stuff on their bouquet. He didnt really use those words, but I knew what he meant (especially since I had seen the message stating that on the first scrolling through he did) :) Bummer! Mic and I landed up watching Days of our Lives on MNET West Africa. Not for long though. We did some phonics and spelling and maths and a bit of colouring in. We made some cheese on toast and ate lunch watching CNN. And then the two of us spent the rest of the afternoon lying on the bed playing a computer game called Wandering Willows. We laughed. We cuddled. We snacked on Pringles and Ice tea. It was a great afternoon.
G and BLB arrived back at about 6pm, with dinner and a positive outlook, assuring us that tomorrow is moving day. Yay! BLB apparently spent the afternoon cleaning, dusting and hanging curtains in our suite.
The plan of action is that we wake up tomorrow morning, pack everything up, Chidy will fetch us and we will move to the hotel. G is determined that they will have the generator cable attached and working and we will finally be in our home.
In my mind, I figured we’d be spending another weekend at Dodge C and only be moving into the hotel on Monday. So anything before Monday is a big bonus. I will be super chuffed if we do get in there tomorrow, however I will not be holding my breath. Nigerian time and all that…
We also have plans to go back to Dunes tomorrow (the pics from last weekend) and take BLB for his first expat shopping and dining experience in Nigeria. Mic cant wait for the pizza!
So tomorrow I may be blogging from the couch in our suite or perhaps my new king size bed… Here’s hoping!
Much love to all,