I am going crazy. Stir crazy, to be exact.
We don’t have a car (and may not get one anytime soon – there is very little stock of new or used cars available in Dili at the moment). We don’t live within walking distance of anything, and I’m not sure that I would take the girls walking on the streets around here, due to the extreme daytime heat and the presence of a lot of dogs. I don’t deal well with dogs.
Plus, the streets around here are all dirt road, and I don’t think the stroller would deal well with that.
So, it’s these four walls and the estate grounds, except on the days when I get the driver to come. However, therein lies next problem – even when I arrange for the driver to take us somewhere, I’m not really sure there’s anywhere we can go.
I have seen one park/playground since we’ve been here – it’s not great quality, it’s in the middle of the town and there’s no shade. So it’s an early morning or late afternoon excursion only, but it’s a 20 minute drive there and back.
Am I just making excuses? Probably. I could always take the girls to the beach (again, early or late, but it’s closer by) to roll in the sand and built castles. But… meh. I’m not a beach person.
It’s great having the nanny here because there seems to be enough for the girls to do between her and me. But now, for example, Harrie is asleep and Sprog is watching a movie, and I am typing a blog post. I can’t bring myself to commit to anything else, to be honest. I should probably go and have a sleep or start planning a sewing project, but I just… can’t be bothered.
Tomorrow there is a playgroup at a beach about 20 – 30 minutes from here. Hopefully that will help me feel a little bit refreshed.
And I can’t wait til we get a car.