Wednesday, June 10, 2009

last days in Abuja

Here are some pics that we have taken during the last few days at school and around town...A visit to the Bwari Pottery Village during a day off from school with some kids from a local orphanage. Eating lunch with our principal, his family, and the orphanage kids. Colleagues celebrating the end of the school year, we had a nice party with a lot of food, singing, dancing, and gifting. Grade Six celebrated the last day of school with an International Food Festival, kickball, dodgeball, and many hugs with a few tears! Team Six Red Team Six BlueGoodbyes are not easy. Me and my grade six teaching partner, Lucy- she is awesome! A few of my favorite ladies at the church, sisters Esther, Tina, and Amaka. This is me in the center of the crowd, in traditional Nigerian dress, can you find me in the picture below? Where's the whitey? Some women from relief society in front of our church. Gordon brought some of the young men from our church to swim at the pool. A bat which we rescued from the deep end of the swimming pool. It was able to dry off and then fly away within about 10 minutes. The beautiful waterfall we hiked to in the Obudu Cattle Ranch. A jungle vine swing at the Obudu Cattle Ranch. Rock climbing in a local neighborhood's front yard, with an audience of course. Gordon and Chris had to go meet the local chief to ask permission to use the site recreationally. The onlookers really got into it and eventually we were able to talk a few youngsters into trying it themselves. We are looking forward to flying home, with just 2 more days of work we will then have vacation for 2 months! It will be great to spend time with friends and family! We plan on visiting people in Washington, Idaho, and Canada this summer, as well as all over Oregon. We will return to Abuja, Nigeria on August 9th for another 10 months of teaching at the American International School.


  1. If you guys get a chance to stop in Utah on your whirlwind trip through N. America, let us know. You'll have a bed to crash on with us.

  2. Interesting find of a tomb bat (Taphozous). Would you add your photo as a citizen-science observation to the AfriBats project on iNaturalist?:

    AfriBats will use your observations to better understand bat distributions and help protect bats in Africa.

    Please locate your picture on the map as precisely as possible to maximise the scientific value of your records.

    Many thanks!