The shoes... Converse high tops and flip flops or sandals!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Sunday, December 2, 2007
Another weekend spent on the rough roads in Okomu National Park. The trip was organized by Jonathan and was a Nigerian Field Society trip, and our first camping trip since we have been in Nigeria. Thanks goes to Jonathan for writing up the trip report. See it on the NFS website here: http://www.nigerianfield.org/lagos_files/reports2007-okomu-11.htm
Here are some more pictures:
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
A local sail boat
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Here are some photos from the running route in a residential area called Banana island, named after its shape. The area is being built on reclaimed land and there is a lot of construction but limited traffic.
Friday, November 16, 2007
North American was at our booth advertising their direct flights to the USA and we raffled off two economy tickets to the US. Susan won one of the tickets!
Here are some photos. Check back soon as I am waiting to get more photos from others who attended.
Abuja, centrally located in Nigeria, is a 50 minute flight from Lagos and has been the federal capital of Nigeria since 1991. It is a planned city and was chosen to be the new capital in Nigeria in 1970 as the population of Lagos was exploding and the government saw the need to move to a politically and ethnically neutral part of Nigeria. The city construction started in the mid-70’s but moved very slowly and it was not until 1991 that it officially became the capital. Construction in the city is still ongoing. The infrastructure of Abuja is very different from Lagos as the roads are wide and smooth and the power is nearly constant. The other bonus is that okadas are outlawed in the city.
At the foot of Aso Rock, you will find the main government offices in an area called Three Arms Zone (executive, legislative and judicial branches of the government). Bob and I were pretty busy while in Abuja but I did get out with a coworker/friend Sharon for two mornings on a running tour of Abuja. We ran from the Sheraton Hotel past the National Mosque and the National Ecumenical Church (Christian) to the National Assembly buildings. In front of the National Assembly buildings is a large bronze statue called “The Mandate”. I have been reading travel books and the internet in search of the significance of the statue but have not come up with anything concrete. All around the base of the statue are life size bronze figures of people from many Nigerian tribes from the Gwari people, who were the nomadic people that occupied Abuja prior to it becoming the capital, to the Fulani, Yoruba, Ibo and Hausa people. The guards walked around the statue describing where each person was from. I got a number of pictures of the statue before someone started yelling at the guards for letting us take pictures without permission. This is when Sharon and I said thanks and ran off to the next site, which was Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We approached the tomb from its backside and took some pictures. As we were leaving a guard was trying to get our attention by shaking his finger at us but we just said good morning, waved and ran off back towards the hotel. We later read the ordinary people are not to get close to the tomb. Oops!
Here are some photos. The sky cleared up over the course of the week but initially there were many flight delays due to poor visibility caused by the West African trade winds called the Harmattan. Upon moving here I was amazed to find out that from November to March, fine dust particles are blown south from the Sahara Desert significantly reducing the visibility. I have been told that many people have respitory problems during the Harmattan.
To read more about Abuja, go here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abuja
To see some more pictures, go here: http://www.proav.de/photopages/abuja/
Sheraton Hotel: http://www.starwoodhotels.com/sheraton/property/overview/index.html?propertyID=343
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Bob and I spent the day at the conservatory after a night at the Protea Oakwood Hotel (see post on August 4, 2007 to read about how we got a free night there). The center is in need of some serious upkeep as the elevated walkways are falling apart in places, but that did not take away from enjoying the swamp. We saw Mona monkeys, monitor lizards, huge turtles, peacocks and it is reported that there are also crocodiles, bush bucks, duikers and giant rats (oh boy!) in the park.
More Links on Lekki Conservatory:
Monday, October 15, 2007
Here are a couple of interesting excerpts from the website:
Running Rule #1
All teams must complete the courses as instructed and marked. No motorized forms of transport are allowed unless otherwise required (e.g. during an emergency).
Comment: I have heard that many people try to cheat by taking an okada (motorcycle) for part of the run!
For your safety, it is advised that you do not participate in the event if you have had a fever or cold in the past week, or have a hangover, as these can contribute towards heat exhaustion, dehydration, or life threatening heatstroke.
Comment: Interesting that they have to mention hangovers here. Duh!!!
Please note: Toilet facilities at the Half Marathon Start will provided. Urinals for men will be available at the Half Marathon Start to assist with waiting times. The organisers ask that all men utilise these urinals where at all possible.
Comment: Are there no women's restrooms??? Uh Oh!!
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Saturday, October 13, 2007
Thursday, October 11 and Friday, October 12 were declared Public Holidays by the Federal Government to celebrate this year's ID-EL-FITRI. ID-EL-FITRI (spelled many different ways) marks the end of Ramadan, a 30-day period of daytime fasting observed by Muslims.
Learn more about Ramadan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramadan
Learn more about Nigeria Holidays: http://www.motherlandnigeria.com/holidays.html