Monday, July 02, 2012

Repairs Maningi (A lot of them)

Over these past few weeks we've had a lot of repairs.  When you live in the African bush, you can't just go down to Wal-Mart and get a part for a quick fix.  Here, the nearest place is Mazabuka, about a 45 minute drive away.  And many times they don't even have what you're looking for.

So, a lot of times, you just have to "make a plan."  It's a very common term we're beginning to learn.  In the case of these two pictures, on one day, our oven stopped heating up.  Instead of being able to find the right part, we had to jerry-rig the broken part to work on less electrical breakers than it is supposed to.  And the picture of the car happened when, because of the rough roads, we had a bracket under the dash break loose.  So, our friends helped me weld it.

Just a couple examples of us finding ways to fix things where parts and services are not as readily available.  And example of practical differences between our lives in the States versus our life here.

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