Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Tabby in Africa - frenetic and disjointed

hey gang,

this post will be very brief, and not punctuated for 2 reasons:
1: the internet here is only marginally faster than snail mail and my time is running out.
2: the keyboard is a complete gong show in every way. perhaps pesto could shed some light on this?

i just wanted to let you know that i have arrived in benin safe and sound. no malaria or tropical disease yet, as near as i can gather.

there have been a lot of ups and downs in the short time we ve been here. most of the ups take place out and about. most of the dows are at the hosptial. many of the things i have seen have been extremely discouraging and shocking.

on the other hand, this place is fascinating, and the people are beautiful, especially the children.

we white folks are called Yovo. it is extremely polluted here...

sorry but i have to go now as i am out of time. this is disjointed and brief i know. i will try for a better post soon; but lets face it; trying to use the internet here is going to drive me totally insane.

i love you all and miss you perhaps i aill journal and recount the tales when i get home?

xo tabby


Anonymous holly said...

Happy early birthday!
Can't wait to hear your stories!
See you when you return
H and the kittens

12:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess I will jump on the birthday thing as well!! Welcome to Africa? You and Pesto are both crazy. Ben says hello....his ped at the local hospital says she doesn't need to see him is just MacMaster Developmental now....yeaaaaaa!!!

9:56 PM  
Anonymous Pesto said...

Now you know why I lug my laptop everywhere I go, especially in Francophone west Africa.

You must be working with a connection of about 42 Kbps, right? It must be dial up and you are probably using a comp in some "internet cafe". The keyboard is inevitably French, with letters all dislocated and punctuation marks where the "M" and the "P" should be. Q become A and W becomes Z. M appears on the other side of the keybord and God only knows where the @ sign is. I know, love. This is where patience graduates from a virtue to a qualification for cannonization.

Take in all the idiosyncracies and love them now because, although now you may be losing your mind over them, you will miss the shit out of Africa when you leave.

Good luck. Stay healthy. I'll be flying over you in two weeks. Want me to drop anything out of the plane? Peanut Butter? Maple Syrup? Some snow, perhaps?

1:03 PM  
Anonymous Pesto said...

Tabs, Have you given up on even trying to use the internet? You'll get used to its speed and the keyboard really soon if you just try.

How are things? How's the work? How's the city? Are you in Porto Novo? Give us something Tabs!

Keep on truckin.

8:49 AM  

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