Voor de normale Nederlandstalige lezers: mijn excuses, deze post zal in het Engels zijn, zodat Arewa en haar familie dit ook kunnen lezen en begrijpen. En, als goede trouwe lezer, weet u ook nog wel dat Arewa (= beauty) het Nigeriaanse nichtje is van Ifemi (= my love) dat bij ons in het begin van de zomer op bezoek was. Wat u zéker en vast al zou moeten weten is dat Ifemi mijn Nigeriaanse vriend is die natuurlijk wel in België woont.
On friday morning Arewa’s family landed in Zaventem. Since they could only enter their studio at 16u, we took them home, where they could freshen up. After that we went to Ikea, where we also bought some useful things for ourselves. After that, we went to check out the studio, where Arewa‘s mom and two little brothers would stay for 10 days. It looked really nice. After a trip to the Delhaize, it was finaly time to eat and relax.
Since the weather on saturday was equally bad, I stayed inside with Arewa‘s two little brothers. They watched some movies, we played some games, … while Ifemi went shopping with his aunt in Brussel.
On sunday I payed a visit to the family and we decided to already walk to the city park without Ifemi. The children loved being outside again. Appearantly playing on a playground is more common here than in Nigeria. The oldest boy even tried skating in the skate park. Ifemi joined us a little bit later. We also walked into the city and looked at the Schelde (= the river from Antwerp), where we also stood with Arewa a few months ago.
Monday was an official holiday here: Mothersday. So my mom had invited us all to come and have diner in a restaurant close to another playground. My brother and his family was offcourse also invited. It was a very pleasant afternoon. The children of my brother and the children of Arewa‘s mom played nicely together, even though they don’t understand each other. My oldest niece even showed the smallest brother of Arewa how to get high on a swing. She’s a year younger, but she’s used to swings. At the end of the afternoon my brother invited us to his home next friday, so the boys could come and see his dog. My parents invited us for another small drink at their place, where we listened to the Nigerian National anthem that appearantly every Nigerian knows.
At the end of the day, we decided to still drive to ‘Linkeroever‘ (= the other side of the Schelde) to have a view at ‘Rechteroever’ (= our side). A big white boat called ‘The world‘ was blocking a lot of the view, but it was still nice.
Today Ifemi and I had to work, so we explained to his family how to get to the Zoo from their studio. They didn’t make it. We decided to at least take them out to the MAS (= Museum aan de Stroom) where you can climb to the top and see the city from above. We still catched a little of the sunset and enjoyed all the lights of our city. For Ifemi and me it was also the first time we were on top of the museum. Finally we made it.