We’ve spent the past week slowly acclimating back to life back in Mali. We’ve wandered around our neighborhood greeting people, most of whom were surprised and happy to see us. It’s been quite encouraging that so many people have remembered us and are treating us like we never left. Thankfully enough Bambara came back to allow us to properly greet our neighbors. As we’ve been shopping and exploring, we’ve discovered things are not quite the same in Bamako. It’s interesting because things seem familiar, however there have been a LOT of changes we need to get used to. One thing that certainly hasn’t changed is the heat. We’re in triple digits during the day and lows are in the 80s at night. This morning when we opened our front gate, we were greeted by a familiar site of cows rummaging through the trash in front of our house.
We’re currently sleeping in Cole’s old bed in his old room until the Perrins depart at the end of the week. It’s strange to not have him with us, but we’re easing more into life as empty nesters. Jetlag is still a major struggle. Unfortunately, there have been several power cuts, and we’ve been waking up in the middle of the night when the power goes out, unable to get back to sleep. Hopefully our body clocks will catch up in the next few days.
Yesterday, we attended an English Fellowship meeting and had an opportunity to begin reconnecting with the mission community. There were a few familiar faces, but they were outnumbered by new people that we’ve yet to get to know.
We were also able to get our phones set up. John was able to get the same phone number he had before. +223 75-14-51-98. From the US, you need to dial 011 first. Feel free to call us, however the phone rates can be rather steep. The cheapest rates we’ve seen in the States are phone cards that are 50 cents per minute. Also remember that we’re 8 hours ahead of Pacific Time.