Living and working overseas, especially Africa, is exhausting. Not only do you have the demands and stresses of the actual work that you were called to do, you also have the stress of trying to communicate, all day, with people from a completely different culture. There is also the stress of (for Chad) of the constant questions: people asking for money, our landlord asking about home repairs or rent, our guards asking something about the compound, your wife asking you to fix things (hehe), etc. It never ends, and it can wear you down.
That's why our team regularly takes a weekend off strictly for R and R. A week and a half ago we traveled with our team to Jinja (2 hours away) to stay at Kingfisher Resort. What a place! We all stayed in concrete huts that were split into two rooms, perfect for a family of 4! There were 3 swimming pools, a restaurant, and an amazing view of Lake Victoria.
We pretty much just hung out, talked, read, swam (especially the kids), ate, and generally had a great time. I enjoyed tilapia from Lake Vic at almost every meal, delicious! We took a boat ride to see the source of the Nile and saw lots of birds, monkeys, and a huge monitor lizard. We went out to eat at The Keep, a western style restaurant (MILKSHAKES!).
A highlight for me was meeting Katy Davis, author of "Kisses From Katy". If you haven't read this book yet, go get it. Now. Katy took her 14 (no joke) adopted children to swim at the Kingfisher pool while we were there, and I recognized her right away. Knowing she lives in Jinja, I always keep an eye out for her when we're there. She was very kind.