Another fun outing with my fellow teachers here in Nigeria. This time we drove out to Usman Dam. Just outside of Abuja, but it felt like we were wonderfully removed from the craziness of the city.
We hiked along the dam itself and then over the really unique rocky terrain. It was overcast, thank goodness as we were rarely in the shade. The water was inviting, but since all the water here in Nigeria contains a snail that excretes a nasty parasite, we refrained. So we just hiked around, talked to the local fishermen, enjoyed the cows and eventually had a picnic.
A really fun day with my new friends. Then we headed to the Bwari Pottery factory. This is a small, local group that does some really fun pottery. All products are fired for 12 hours via a fire heated kiln, then glazed and fired for another 12 hours. Pretty sturdy stuff. They also have a small plantation around their buildings and they make shea butter lotion and soap. So, I could resist. Here is my bounty:
To all you mothers out there – I hope your day is filled with happiness and love.
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Thanks for the great story and photos.. love you and miss you friend : )
Gretchen, I found your blog when I was searching for information regarding teaching in Mandalay. Just wanted to drop you a quick note to let you know how much I’ve enjoyed your postings.
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