After the two months of working, working and more working, followed by the Christmas dinner, it was time to slow down, a lot… I slept, slept and slept. So much that the guys got really worried over my well-being. I was just catching up on the hours I had missed out on and they were many…
I took it really easy and spent a quiet New Year’s Eve at the house, catching up with some friends and family overseas and drinking a tea with Amadou, while the neighbors got wild over their fireworks.
O, how much I was looking forward to starting 2011 with having some time just by myself after all the work and constantly being surrounded by friends. So, I got what I asked for: Ibrahim left on a journey at the end of December and this morning Amadou and Ebi left for Timbuktu to attend the Festival au Désert. The first guests that stayed overnight in the guesthouse also left this morning as did Nana after taking care of the week load of laundry.
It’s quiet in the garden with just a lineup of empty chairs, bicycles and Ibrahim’s motor. No tea is in the process of being prepared, nobody is shouting my name for help or advice. It’s quiet, awfully quiet… Luckily I have piles of work to be done before the first ones return on the 10th. And I’m thoroughly going to enjoy not having to share the meals prepared with the ingredients of the heartwarming Christmas box Bianca sent me. Brown rice, raisins and almonds have become mouthwatering delicacies to me!
But secretly in between all of that I’ll count down the days..!
From Mali I wish you a very Happy New Year. May 2011 be filled with love, light, beauty, happiness, freedom and new opportunities. I wish you the fulfillment of your deepest longings and desires. Dare to live your dreams!