Tuesday, May 13, 2008
No, I'm not dead yet. I did take three local flights with a Congolese airline, so the odds were against me. And I had an encounter with a Black Mamba, one of the most poisonous snakes in the world and one with a very bad temper at that. It's the only snake that will actively pursue you to bite you, where other snakes would try to get away from you as fast as they can. So it's a good thing I didn't actually meet it face to face: we drove over the poor thing. Still, I didn't get out the jeep to offer my excuses; it looked really mad.
I've been back home for a week now, and I took a couple of days off work to have a good rest. And what could be more relaxing than breaking down a brick chimney? The wheather has been unseasonably fine for the time of year, with temperatures reaching well over 20°C and not a cloud in sight. What better time to make a big gaping hole in your roof? I hope I did a good job of closing the gap and making it waterproof, because thunderstorms are expected for the next couple of days.