This weekend we had a midterm break...which means that I am 1/4 of the way through this year. To start off our break, we had a half of a day on Thursday, then all of te teachers loaded the busses and headed to Ilesa(e lay sha) in Osun state to a beautiful little retreat center by the name of Zenababs.
It was a wonderful break away from the norm. I got to know my fellow teachers a lot better, and learned more about Nigeria and Nigerians.
The bus ride there was a bit long due to traffic, but there are always interesting sites and great people watching.
As we left the city and went towards the bush, the view got to be very pretty.
At one point I took a double take when I thought I saw Paris Mtn though the jungle. Sometimes I just stop the thank God for the small reminders of home and the things that are familiar.
At last we arrived and got settled in. For the first night, my roommate Sam and I got to stay in one of the chalets.
Our time was wonderful and restful. We did team building activities, learned how to be a better teacher, sang praise songs in 8 different languages, and learned more about Christ.
The first night, everyone dressed up in their cultural outfits.
After that, we had a decathalon with various events and races, including, swimming, canoe/paddle boat races, squash, fooseball, and more. I won 1st place in swimming.
It was fun to see some of my coworkers unwind and enjoy some of the activities the retreat center provided. For many of them, this was something they never get to do...an opportunity to get away from the city and stay somewhere nice.
At Zenababs, they have a small zoo/ farm area with several different animals that you can see.
What can this be?? A prehistoric dinosaur? Maybe a pterodactyl??
Hmm, there's the head...
What could it be?...
Oh wait... it's an ostrich!
What a lovely time!
Now on to my week and parent/teacher conferences!