Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Day 27

What do you get when you bring together a Frenchmen, an Austrian, an American, a Greek, 3 Spaniards, and about 200 flies? A Christmas dinner MSF-Zimbabwe style. The evening was very nice. On Christmas Eve there were Spanish Christmas carols and a nativity scene made of wine bottles as Mary and Joseph, a jam jar as baby Jesus, all with lemons as heads and three beer bottles with candles as their crowns. Even though the dinner was nice and the company better, it was not the usual Dunphy Christmas. I missed my family over the holiday season and speaking with them was wonderful. I received some photos from my family via email and it made me homesick for family and friends. I cannot believe that I have only been here just shy of one month. A year does not seem that long but I can feel the length of time the most when I look at photos of my niece and nephews and see how much they have changed even in the time span of a month. I guess it is fortunate that we do not continue to age so rapidly as time passes, since we would all be gray and wrinkled by the time we were in our 30´s.
At times it feels like I have been here months and other times it feels like just yesterday my parents and brother put me on the train headed out of the US. I hope that all my family and friends had a wonderful Christmas holiday and are looking forward to great new year.
For the holiday weekend myself and the other expats went to Hwange National Park.
The park itself was beautiful and we saw many giraffes and an old elephant. At one point a male giraffe walked in front of the road and stared us down. They are such funny creatures to see running. The tall neck and head do not move and the body looks like a horse running. It is like a strange slow motion film. We took an MSF range rover and although there was plenty of room in the car at times it seemed quite close. After about 9 hours in the car I was happy to be home last night and spend some time by myself.


Blogger Andrea Prados said...

Hi Nancy

Merry Christmas! I look forward to reading your blog, so keep the entrys coming! Happy '06!


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Blogger Heather & Nick Dunphy said...

Sure did miss you at Christmas! Although I must say that it does get crazier every year -- the kids more plentiful and a whole new generation of imbibing male adults! You sound like you are enjoying your adventure and we are certainly enjoying your postings! Hope you have a great New Year and we look forward to seeing you at the next Dunphy Christmas!
Love -- Heather & Nick

9:58 PM  

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