the MCS (mythical convective system) that actually arrived

it’s raining! well, it was earlier. which wasn’t predicted. unlike al the other MCSs that were predicted and never arrived. (thanks to rodders for the re-christening of the MCS.) it has now stopped, and the radar and satellite are favourable for a drier evening – useful for our end of AMMA al fresco party. i think we have ordered 5 or 10 times more beer than the hotel suggested for 90 people, and scractched the goat carcass and opted for crisps instead. they had to explain to them that it was the british way, and we could get chips and brochettes (local name for kebabs) afterwards if we needed to ;-)

not sure if i mentioned before (and the connection is so slow i don’t want to check) but at the french AMMA party the other day, they had 6 roasted [almost] whole goats, stuffed with rice. and that was all there was in the way of food, except for some goat kebabs. so all the veggie brits ordered food, and the staff brought us a table and chairs. so we were the only ones eating off a table, in the middle of someone elses party, with our own food!

hopefully i’ll be able to report on tonights party, but we are clearing the operations room today so might not have internet after today.

claire and jackie  this morning, claire, jackie and i were going to go to the boulangerie for breakfast, but the weather suddenly (over 30 min) changed from just overcast to black skies, wind and then torrential rain. so we didn’t.

torrential rain  you can’t see it in the photo but this was torrential rain. you can see it running off the gutter of the roof.
went to maggi’s for lunch, so i had my first taste of african-ish food. really, the only thing that was local was fried plantain (sweet and greasy) and what might have been breadfruit or yam that was also fried. was all very nice, and in the local style we were there for about 2 hours despite not ordering all that much!

everyone has put their photos on the network now. gareth had some great ones, so here’s some of my favourite fo his pictures:

biere niger  what we have been drinkingevery evening. it’s good cold, less good warm.

little fluffy clouds  the other recurring theme of the field trip – clouds!

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