Thursday, February 22, 2007

Pictures from Mardi Gras

Well, I have some rotten luck. Around about 4 o'clock on the day of my very first party in Malawi, a huge storm hit Lilongwe. I had to pick up a few last items, so I dashed for the car after work, getting soaked. Then when I got home I found that the power was out. Well, that's not unusual here, so I went off to the store, decorated the king cake, and showered while there was still a bit of light left. Then I noticed that all the neighbors had power - it was only my house that was out. Tried the fusebox - there was a short in the system.

So I went over to my neighbor's house, and they were nice enough to let me use their stove to cook the rice and beans. Just as the food was almost finished, the power in the whole city went down.

Fortunately I have a lot of candles, and a good long battery life on my computer.

We still had a good time, though, and the candlelight was actually a nice touch. A lot of people couldn't make it, though, due to trees down in their neighborhoods and the bad weather. Well, I'll just have to have another Mardi Gras party when Jorge gets back!