We’re regally located in a Rivers State Government Guest House, with huge, shiny, Art Deco type furniture, VERY basic bathrooms, red-neck lizards and the most amazing hospitality! We are served three enormous meals a day and seem to have a personal waiter each. Everyone is almost embarrassingly kind to us and keep asking if there is anything we need.
We’ve had a setback in getting down to our working week. The marquee which is to be our workspace collapsed in the storm last night! Initially they thought they would move us to a hall that was available, but that would have meant missing two days of the training as the room was already booked for Tuesday and Wednesday. Now we seem to be back toPlan A, but the marquee isn’t yet ready for us to go and set up – so tomorrow morning should be total chaos!
Never mind, we’ve had a relaxing day of reading, Tai Chi, singing practice (me) and walks around the compound (we’re strictly forbidden to leave the grounds and I wouldn’t want to argue with the armed guards!) And tonight we are invited to a State Banquet! Cue clothes panic! We can’t compete with the Nigerian ladies who look as if they’re going to a ball when they’re dressed for breakfast but I hope we won’t show ourselves up too much!