A long time ago, before any of us moved to Burundi, we packed a container of "essential things" for life here. Because we were unsure of what sorts of things would be available here, it was deemed a good idea to order appliances in the US that were wired for 220 volt electricity, so that we could have high quality appliances that would last for a long time, but that would also work well in our new environment. Stoves, fridges, washing machines, and microwaves were loaded up in the container that arrived here December of 2013, several months before our houses were completed.
|Where do you want your light switches?|
|The kitchen under construction|
|Trying to repair the fridge for the first time|
I won't go into all the details, but the fridge has had a lot of issues. It was repaired (while remaining in the kitchen) at least twice, and then we got an email on Christmas Day saying it seemed to have died for good. Bummer. Surprisingly, there is a Canadian Muslim refrigerator repair man now living in Bujumbura, who came up recently to try and repair the fridge. Although he was not successful, he thinks that he will be able to fix it in his workshop in Bujumbura.
We tossed around the idea of sawing the bars off the window again, but this time, Caleb came up with a new idea: why not widen the doorframe permanently? I must admit, I was a bit skeptical. The walls are solid brick and concrete. I envisioned sledgehammers and half of my kitchen wall crumbling down. But Caleb was very confident in our new plan. So, on Wednesday, three very competent Burundian workers showed up at my front doorstep. They promptly got to work with their little chisels and hammers (no sledgehammers, though) and removed 15 cm of wall. Wouldn't you know it, the fridge fit out perfectly! By the end of the day, a new frame was fitted, the concrete was poured, and other than the lack of paint, you could hardly tell work had been done at all.
|The box spring in the Ypsi upstairs bedroom|