Monday, June 1, 2009

The Curse of the Power Cuts

Today, power cuts followed us wherever we went in Ouagadougou. What a miserable time of year for that to happen! Okay, we did manage to make it through siesta time today. But the minute the clock hit 2:30 p.m., out it went! So much for working in comfort at home for the afternoon. We had no choice but to head back to the office.

At this time of year, it’s too hot to cook for supper, so in the evening after work, we decided to head out to a local restaurant for a bite to eat. No sooner did we get sitting down when guess what happened? Yup, the power went out. They brought us a candle so we could at least see the menu and subsequently our food. But with no air moving, it was pretty warm in that place! By the time our meal was over, we were in a hurry to get home and into the A/C.

Unfortunately, things weren’t looking very good as we got closer and closer to home. No lights on anywhere in the neighbourhood. We didn’t even bother to stop at our gate. It would have been too hot and humid to stay in our house or even out on the veranda. Instead, we just kept going and headed right back to the office. I called our night guard on his cell to tell him to let us know when the power came back on. It already after 9 p.m. and the man hasn’t called yet.

Maybe we should just try and make ourselves comfortable for the night here on the office desk.

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