Saturday, 27 June 2009
Thursday, 25 June 2009
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
Monday, 22 June 2009
Sally and I enjoyed exploring the Erevan Hypermarche this morning at a leisurely pace whilst the kids were in the ship's Summer Program. It really does stock everything that an ex-pat in Benin needs, and all at reasonable prices. Enjoy the photos.
Below, from the outside.
Below, the entrance foyer.
Below, the fresh fruit and veg stall: small but perfectly formed.
Below: everything you can imagine.
Below: the car-care items.
Below: flat-packed furniture.
Below, some empty shelves still waiting their stock.
Below: fancy a bbq?
Below, one of several deli counters.
Below: a huge variety of ice cream.
Below: a huge variety of wines.
Saturday, 20 June 2009
If I remember rightly, opening hours are 1000 to 1400 and 1600 to 2000 weekdays; 1000 to 2100 on Saturdays and 0900 to 1300 on Sundays. I'll try to take some photos and post them asap. Olly
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Whilst visiting our construction and agriculture sites on Tuesday, I was shown a brilliant recycling project that Bethesda (our partners in Benin) were running, but which has lost funding and so has come to a halt. The City's garbage trucks carried mountains of garbage out into the countryside (below, which has mercifully been recently covered by vegetation)...
...Then the Bethesda guys sorted the mountains of garbage. Metals were sold for their scrap iron content, and plastics were melted and mixed with sand, and poured into molds to make...paving blocks!
What a brilliant idea, and a great way to recycle the billions of plastic bags that are wasted every year in Cotonou. Shame the project couldn't continue. Most of Cotonou's streets are paved with interlocking concrete paving blocks: I think these recycled plastic ones would have been a good alternative. Olly
Wednesday, 10 June 2009
Yesterday I visited the Mercy Ships agriculture project, located an hours drive from the ship. Mercy Ships has partnered with Bethesda, a local NGO: we are building an accommodation block for agricultural trainees, and training a dozen trainers in agricultural techniques, and Bethesda will continue the project when we sail away. Below, Ken Winebark from Mercy Ships shows us his demonstration garden where corn and beans are being grown.
Below, Ken & Jean-Claude (also from Mercy Ships) training Beninoise trainers.
Below, construction of the 25-bed accommodation block for the students.
Yesterday was my tenth dive under the Africa Mercy. Visibility was not as good as the day before, but I got some good(ish) photos with our camera that is waterproof to 4 metres. Enjoy the photos. Olly
Below, me and my dive-buddy, Jana.
Below, er...me again.
Below, the side of the Africa Mercy, thick with marine growth. It's been 18 months since the bottom and sides were cleaned and painted, and our long months of being moored in one spot are beginning to show...
Below, a big scary jelly fish.
Below: me climbing out after the dive.
Monday, 8 June 2009
Saturday, 6 June 2009
Above, all the kids cheering the end of school at a party on Deck 8 (and Libby showing off her flat belly button).
Above, it's also the saddest time of year, as Libby says goodbye to Miss Sandy...
And Anna says goodbye to Miss Emily.
Friday, 5 June 2009
A new family photo...
Heads for sale in the market for voodoo practice...
Construction team hard at work...
Dennis cutting off the port side skirting around the pilot entrance...
The last day of school: the kids in their graduation outfits...
Libby graduating from Preschool into Kindergarten...
Anna graduating into Grade 3 (I think)...
And Noah graduating into Grade 5 (maybe?)...
Sally & Libby having a kip...