Picture is very much a part of Tanna life except they are usually carrying about 20 times this much and sweating rather than smiling.
Nobody here is punctual. When I arrived for my 3 o'clock class on Thursday at 2.50 the door was locked. ALL my class were late. The fact that my lesson overran by 35 minutes just wasn't a problem. The patron was coming to see me on Wednesday when I moved in; he arrived on Thursday. Brian arranged to meet me yesterday at 2; he arrived at 4.30. I was supposed to move on Sunday; learned on Sat afternoon it will be Monday. I need to adjust.
Weather is really nice now. Mid to high 20s and dry with a breeze, much cooler at night. Health is excellent, still walking miles.
Went to the local branch of Societe Generale today to change my sterling into ariary and stood in line for just over an hour. One of the guards offered to make it "plus rapide, vitesse,vitesse" for me for 500 Ar but I declined. Two wealthy looking Malagasies did take advantage of his offer but everyone else in the queue looked daggers at them and mumbled to each other so I'm glad I didn't. I was in no rush.
The clerk refused to change 5 £10 notes because somebody, presumably in a bank in England, had written numbers on them.
I have stopped carrying large amounts of money and passport with me. I figure if I'm leaving my laptop in my studio I might as well leave my stash there too- well hidden on a variant of David's advice. I reckon I'm more likely to be robbed on the streets than where they're making money out of me already. If I have nothing of real value on me then I will probably appear more relaxed any way and I may choose not to fight. If I do choose to fight I will be less hampered if I have only me to protect. Fighting is almost certainly stupid but I think I am hardwired not to hand over stuff when threatened. Very confident the situation won't arise as I don't go far after dark i.e. 6 p.m.
Got to stop now. 2 carpenters have arrived, apparently they are going to put up some baguettes! And I thought my French was improving……..
Wrote that last night and discovered that baguettes are long thin srips of wood, like archetraving, for protecting corners of walls/doors/etc. All makes sense given their shape and far mor sensible that putting up loaves of bread.
CAN SOMEONE PLEASE SORT OUT BRISTOL? What is going on down there? Played 2, lost 2! Roger, Chris Bob, DO something!