Wow, today is September 1st which marks 365 days since we got on the plane and left NJ. Crazy as I think about the fact that a year has gone by! We have faced many situations throughout this past year, but overall I think we can say that it has been an experience! It does feel like the year flew by at a fast pace, so I am hoping the next one does too ;)
I just learned that there is a huge bus and taxi strike scheduled tomorrow. Last time there was one, it was a joy to walk along the streets. It felt like a scene from The Walking Dead as no cars and barely any people were outside. Even though it has been a year, the constant honking is a nuisance. This is where headphones and our ipods come in handy - these have become our best friends whenever we catch an Uber or at the gym.
This past week Mariana decided to make tamarind popsicles! We both grew up having tamarind as a refreshing juice during the hot summers. Here is a link to Mariana's blog post. We both find it interesting whenever our friends say "tamarind juice??" I thought everyone drank it.
She also made an amazing tasty gluten free bread - as Mariana has to be careful and make sure she eats only gluten free. MMMM it was so good that the first loaf was done in less than 24 hours! She baked another one that has survived for a few days lol
Over weekend we went to a charity event at the fancy hotel - Shangri-La.
The event was sponsoring an organization that helps children get away from the lives of prostitution and drugs. It was heart breaking listening to the stories of some of the children, but it was great to hear that they are being helped.
As I write this, the property team is installing balconies in the back. After living here for a year, they finally got around to putting up balconies in the front and back of the house. From what I was told is that after bribing the correct people, they finally got approval to finish the job (after a year).
These are some of the wires running along the back as they weld the pieces together. It looks like it may rain soon again...safety, what safety? It all good here.
One a side note: I am missing out on a lot of concerts back in the NJ/NYC area. The one that I wish I could have been around for is Prophet of Rage. As a huge fan of RATM and Cypress Hill, I know I would have been in that moshpit rocking it out as I did when I first saw RATM in 1997!
Here is a bootleg of "Bombtrack"