Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Nossa Vida em Luanda

When we were home for Christmas in Florida, we got lots of questions about our life in Luanda. Here is our life in summary:

Where do we live?

We live in Luanda, the capital of Angola (not to be confused with Rwanda, a different country in central Africa). The picture above is our building and the picture below is of Tyree in the living room in our apartment. Luanda is a huge city with somewhere between 5 and 8 million people. There high rise buildings and stores where you can buy almost anything you would need. The city has some infrastructure issues, like reliable electricity and public transportation, but it has most modern conveniences like a mall, cinema, restaurants and nightclubs.

What do we eat?

Mostly Tyree cooks for us, but we also like to eat out. Our favorite restaurants are Broadway (Indian) and Capricciosa (Pizza). Usually we shop at Supermercado Martal or Tyree buys vegetables from the ladies who sell produce on the street called zungueiras.

What does Heather really do?

I am the Health Director at World Vision Angola. That means that I manage the malaria and polio projects that WV implements in five different provinces. Mostly I write reports, make sure project coordinators have money in the field, make visits to the projects and look for new projects. The picture above is my desk at the office in Luanda. The picture below is me getting a malaria test during a training for health workers in Uige province.

How do we communicate?

I like the picture above because it shows how much the world is changing and the interesting way that Africa is developing. We may not always have electricity, but laptops and wireless internet mean we can skype with our families even if it has to be by candlelight.

Here are some fun posts from 2011:

The Sacred Heart of Tyree
The Witchcraft Lake in Uige
Luanda: The Most Expensive City in the World
China in Angola
Trip to Lubango

1 comment:

Amaly said...

Hilarious! Thanks for clarifying some of those lingering questions for me! ;) Also...great pic of you and the laptop + candlelight. I bet that's what the current PCVs do too. (Spoiled brats!!! haha jk)