|Lions and babouins and caracals-- Oh my!
- the wonderful friends we made
- the ease of going to the beach, the islands and the pool any day that struck our fancy.
- the ease of driving around town--not dealing with traffic jams or missing the turnoff
- smoked salmon pizzas at all the pizza places (don't knock it until you try it)
- parties hosted by the French military community (great music, food, dancing, atmosphere etc.)
- never feeling cold (except in the embassy)
- letting our dog run off leash on the tidal flats
- Camp Lemmonier (while we rarely went, it was comforting to know that we could go catch dinner and a movie at camp or pick up junk food and electronics at the Exchange)
- the French Protestant Church and its pastor-- so many nationalities and theologies together
- ecumenical collaboration (since the government only permits one Protestant and one Catholic congregation in town, it is a very small world indeed)
- Seven Seas/the embassy commissary: keeping our food bills down and our freezer stocked with cookie dough, bread dough and other luxuries
- the massive embassy housing-- our daughter got to have an upstairs and downstairs playroom. We could hold parties on our roof.
- road trips with our friends at Phoenix Travel
- snorkeling and whale shark trips with our friends at Dolphin
- the old garrison town vibe: small town meets international hub
- compound living: with so many toddlers and nannies, our house was always full of life.
|walking the tidal flats to nearby Turtle Island
|Air show at French air base
|at a 40s party at French air base
|Does your church rent 2 boats like this to spend the day on an island?!
|Loading boat for church retreat
|church retreat on Maskali Island
|driving on the Grand Barra