Because It’s Africa – A Change of Plans!

There is a saying amongst those ex-pats who live and work in Africa (doesn't matter where, either!): TIA. This is Africa. This is used to explain, well, just about everything, because what you realize quite early on is that virtually nothing goes how you think it will, when you think it will, where you think it will. Flexibility is key, because without it, you are going to be more frustrated than you've ever been in your life. (Even with it, you wi...

My first real TIA day

My friend Suzanne, who lives here, says TIA a lot. It means, "This is Africa," and it is used to explain the inexplicable and often contradictory things that happen here. And those things are many! Today, I was supposed to head out to Bukaleba after lunch, spend time with the kids in the babies home, and stay the night out in the lovely guest house. I saw Godfrey at breakfast, and we agreed we'd go after lunch. I said, "Lunch there or here?" He said here....