In the Krio language, it is common to repeat words to give emphasis. When you really want something done with haste, you would say “fast fast” or “now now.”
Alastair and I have been building a kitchenette/living room attached to my bedroom, with a sort of screened in porch, and the speed of this project of ours is more aptly described as “slowly slowly” (which happens to be a common Krio phrase for anything in life that’s taking time).
The idea was born many months ago and we’re in the home stretch to finishing. It will have a sink and possibly a stove at some point. We will add in a table and some chairs. I have a small refrigerator already, and a pile of kitchen utensils that I brought from home.
The chair that I had made for Alastair’s birthday is in its rightful place on our screened-in porch.
When one lives in a camp, and all areas are communal, personal space is a luxury not afforded. We each have our bedrooms, which offer a bit of reprieve, but all other space is public and shared. Most days, I don’t notice being the only female in camp, but there are times that I am honestly sick of being stuck around a table full of loud men with no escape. Those days, I have detailed dreams of my own kitchen or lounge area and I’m aching to get our project finished…
Hoping to reveal after pictures soon.