More About the Willards...
Adam Willard: On our way back to Nosy Mitsio today, we saw several dolphins and a whale, very close too! But thankfully the whale this time wasn't as close as last time I saw I one (right under the boat). Also, the weather/winds seems to have stabilized back to normal while we were gone. And our team members will finally be here in just one month... can't wait!
Adam Willard: Still haven't been able to leave Nosy Mitsio for two weeks now; the east winds just won't let up! Apparently, it's because someone hung their octopus up wrong while drying it (a violation of taboo) and so all of us on Nosy Mitsio are being punished. Everyone will meet next week to decide the fate of the perpetrator and attempt to appease the ancestors.
Adam Willard: We've been trying to leave Nosy Mitsio to go to the mainland for over a week now, but the east wind just won't stop. Today was the first time it stopped; we got everything and everybody loaded up in the boat and right after we started driving away, the east wind came back! It's just that time of year. At least we don't have an urgent need for going to the mainland. We'll just keep trying!
Adam Willard: Had a great time with some local missionary friends visiting us on Nosy Mitsio over the last week! It's always great to share our new home with others, and even more so when they're nearby friends who've been such a big help and encouragement to us. Wish they could've stayed longer!
I recently wrote a review for Friends of Atticus, discussing Max Barry's awesome book, Lexicon, and considering how culture creates language, or how language defines our thoughts, or even how language, when used properly, can manipulate the thoughts of others. That's the premise of the book anyway, and it's a great read!
Lexicon by Max Barry
Here's a video of how our home on Nosy Mitsio was built, along with a walkthrough of our house after we moved in. We built it with local materials and similar to the local style, so there's lots of footage from around our island and our village. Enjoy!
Surprised by a post-Ramadan flash mob at our house today! Out of nowhere, about 50 guys showed up to do some singing and dancing, to greet us and to give us a blessing for the year to come. We were also expected to treat them with bread and juice which we definitely did NOT have ready and waiting for a group that big. But we improvised quickly and they moved on to the next village. We're always learning more about the local culture, but it'd be great if sometimes we learned something ahead of time, before we're expected to know how to respond!
In a large, 4-bedroom house, a small family lives. Each bedroom has a well-constructed bed-frame, a soft mattress, a nightstand, and large wardrobes and dressers. They have a nice large garden full of flowering plants and trees, even a gazebo to relax outside in during the sunniest hours of the day. They have a large [...]
I know they say, “You are what you eat.” But if that saying were true, I’d have chicken legs and feet, the body of a locust, my brains would be made out of mopani worms, and my insides would be composed of mushy mealie pap and slimy green leaves and vines. Thankfully that saying [...]