We celebrated a day early here in Malabo since most of our friends do not have the day off of work. We had a bunch of people over to have a BBQ on “American soil”. It turned out to be a beautiful day with just enough cloud cover to keep us all from getting scorched. Even though we have summer weather all year round here in Equatorial Guinea, it was nice to have a kick off to the mental-summer season.
There are few opportunities to just “hang out” with friends in Malabo since many people live in temporary or rotater housing and don’t have the capacity to entertain. We normally meet up with friends at restaurants in the city or at receptions that are connected to work. It was amazing how normal the afternoon felt, just sitting around doing nothing in particular. The fact that the party didn’t end with an awkward division of a bill was pretty special, too! I’m definitely feeling motivated to have people over to our house more often.
We’ve had a really busy three day weekend: two dinner parties, a trip to the top of Pico Basile (the volcano in our back yard), the Memorial Day BBQ, and an extra dog in the house. We submitted our final bid list for our second tour last week, so all of the events were a welcomed distraction from wondering where we’ll be headed in 2016! I’ll leave the Pico Trip blog to Cormac since he took some fantastic pictures. Here’s a sneak peak from my point and shoot:
And lastly, the view from our couch as I wrap up this post: