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Published: February 8th 2008
Our dear friend George is currently working in Equatorial Guinea. He left Texas for his latest job project in October and has been sending updates of himself and his activities to friends, of which I am one. With his permission, I let you sneak a peak at the area he is in and his renditions of the passing months.
Living in a designated area for the project's working staff, George has a nice, comfortable looking apartment. Pictures of the rooms that he sent are not being included in this blog. Although neat and spiffy, a blog just isn't the place to post someone else's pictures of 'home' life. He can send you those if he so chooses.
His area of Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, the richest per capita area in that country, is on the west coast of Africa and is 7 hours ahead of our Central Time Zone now that we are back on standard time.
George works 8 weeks in EG and then gets 2 weeks off. I know how hard it is to be away from home for 8 weeks, but it's almost impossible to travel any sooner. Then when you do get time to come
Sunset in Equatorial Guinea
Just let the picture take you there.
home and take care of home business there seems to be not enough time.
His travel back to the Houston area is via Paris. He really hasn't said what that airport and / or plane exchange is like. My experience from Merida to Houston was always horrid. Getting to Merida from Houston was not a problem.
Since his assignment began, George has come home to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas (although Christmas at home was early), has vacationed in the Texas Hill Country and most recently been to an undisclosed non US beach paradise to relax during his off time.
He reports that the off shore cooks, when he has had the chance to venture to that site, are very good.
Malabo has its share of poverty as does any country. The statistic of richest per capita, as with any country, does not truly represent each and every citizen. George has been active with church and community services to provide a little relief in some ways for the people there. We all congratulate him in those efforts. I don't seem to do enough of that any more and shame on me.
The working staff of the
project still hanging around during the Christmas holidays had a party at the El Paraiso Hotel in Malabo, complete with a disco club and 60s - 70s era decor, strobe lights, crowds and loud music.
The pictures that George has provided are from last last year as the season was changing to dry when foliage begins to drop and the days turn hazy. He says that he is told the dust is blowing in from the desert.
I haven't heard from George since his last jaunt away from work. Goodness, I hope he didn't hurt himself having too much fun on vacation!
Enjoy the pictures and say hello to George!!
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