Monday, May 12, 2008

Kennedy Bridge---the only bridge for a city of 500,000

These pictures are of the only bridge in town to serve so many people, donkeys, camels, bicycles, motorcyles, mobelettes and pedestrians. It is nice to just walk down there at times and just look over the Niger River and see everything that is happening. Kids are swimming, people are doing laundry, some are bathing, cows are grazing where the river has dried up for now, and fishermen are out catching fish. We cross this bridge every time we have to go shopping or to the market. So, this bridge is very important. When there is a traffic jam, it can be very frustrating unless your car has a good air conditioner!:) Then you just relax and enjoy the reprieve from the heat.

Right now the river is very low due to the season, but the rains are due to hit anytime, from what I am told. I looked at weather the other day and it said 20% chance of rain for Saturday, 60% for Sunday. It did thunder on Saturday, but no rain. Sunday, there wasn't a cloud in the sky. While it is hot, the kids seem not to notice. We do have several pools around town, one of which at the American Rec center where the kids love to go. Jayson has no problem just walking into the big pool. He seems to think it is fun because pappa always pulls him out. He loves to go under. Mikaylah likes to play in the shallow end and just have her little games with friends(some imaginary). We don't have any pics of Jayson in the pool, sorry. We will try to get some of those. I also wanted to post a picture of a camel carrying his load, but each time I go to the bridge with the camera, there are no camels. Each time I drive across with no camera, there are usually 3 to 4 camels just strollin' across the bridge.

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