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: We made it! The west wind came out of nowhere, we left quickly and we made it here to the Port with all our passengers and all their luggage. Now we have to wait until 1am to actually get into the Port and out of the boat because the entrance is very shallow until high tide. After two weeks of waiting, I was starting to feel like we may never leave again. But we're finally here and no more worrying about the wind!
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!
One of the most frustrating and perplexing things since we’ve been here happened to us the other day. We were outside one night eating dinner with the Pakistani guys who run the shop across the street (they rent it from our host family), when one of our host brothers walked up to talk to them. [...]
First impressions are crucial. People often remember how they first met someone, what they seemed like, how they acted. Opinions of other people, their character, and their motivations are often formed in the first few minutes of being around them…