Monday, April 2, 2012

 This is where the river meets the ocean.  In the upper right of the picture, there is what appears to be a man-made dike, then in the picture below, you can see to the right of the dike, where the ocean is.  We were told we could not take pictures of the bridge, because of security.  We had been told it was a suspension bridge, but it looked like a cement bridge, about 1/4 of a mile long, across this area.  This picture is so real because it shows the wooden canoes that we saw two men standing in and pushing with a long wooden paddle (my pictures of them didn't turn out), then there is a modern boat in the background and a bright pink plastic bucket and plate on a table to the left.  Just above the water level, there were vendors selling fish and vegetables and drinks.  Then, under the bridge there was lots of people with their 'beetles' (yellow plastic containers that they haul water and fuel in), loading them and lots of other things into the little Toyota taxis.  There were several other barge type boats, one with  large tree trunks and another that looked like it carried passengers. 
While we were at the bridge, we noticed a European looking man in an area next to the bridge, who appeared to be the foreman of some type of project.  We waved at him and he came over to talk to us.  He is Italian and he has lived and worked for a construction company all over Africa and the middle east.  He said they were building a base for the project of re-doing the cables inside the bridge, some of which have broken.  The bridge was build in 1985.  He said he speaks 8 languages.  He spoke English very well.  He said he was born in Kenya and his first language was Swahili because his nanny was Swahili.  We didn't think of taking his picture - we try to be very careful to only take pictures of people if we ask them first, out of respect for them.  The elders asked him if they could give him some church literature and he accepted some and then he gave us his business card.  It was really fun to meet him.  We also talked to some of the local people about their fish and why we were there. 

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