*Let's start with a little dislaimer here: I am using the computer at the CLO's office to check e-mail and get a post up lest you think I have dropped off the face of the Earth. Therefore there will be no pictures and there are most likely a whole lotta typos in today's post. Sorry about that! Fingers crossed for home internet soon.
We are here in Malawi. The flights and connections were remarkably smooth, no delays, no lost luggage, and mercifully no barfing. Our HHE was delivered today beating our UAB which is in country just not at our house. We will be spending the rest of the week/month/year trying to unpack all those boxes and put it away.
So far our house seems OK. Like most FS housing it is reasonably spacious but certainly not what I would want if I were looking to buy a house. The yard is a whole different matter. It is huge and well maintained and has an absolutly gorgeous water feature as well as a vegetable plot that already had a few veggies growing and when our UAB shows up I will be out there planting seeds. That should drive the gardeners nuts.
I will spare you my first impressions of Malawi other than to say Yep it is a 3rd world country. I am not a good person to ask about first impressions of anywhere anyway. You know that handy little chart that floats around diagramming the stages of accepance at a new post? If you are not FS it goes something like this: honeymoon, depression, resigned acceptance, happiness. Well I compeletly skip the honeymoon period everytime. By the time we get to the house from the airport I am fighting tears and everything looks bleak. Well this time is no exception. I am surviving. I am not thrilled about it, but I am sure I will get there. Eventually.