Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas in Benghazi

We have had a great Christmas here in Benghazi. It was a really busy few weeks approaching the holiday for me as I had to be in the desert a lot, so the time at home was that much more enjoyable. We have been slacking in the blog department lately, so we'll try to get caught up with a few posts in the next couple of days.

Last week we arranged to get some Christmas lights put up on our house. In pretty much every neighbourhood there is a company that rents chairs, tables, tents, lights and anything else you'd need to have a wedding, funeral or other gathering. Weddings last days here and are easy to spot as houses and streets are lit up with hanging lights for the duration. I wanted the same, but maybe toned down just a little.

Each string is about 10 metres long and has 25 bulbs on it. Two and a half dinars a a day for each string. We ended up using four to light our house, so 10 dinars per day. For power, they just tap into the closest pole. No metering or anything like that - just help yourself! Fantastic.

Here are some shots of the operation, and the end result.















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Wow, nice lights, could you send those guys around for us next year, I especially like the "free" electricity part. Can't wait for the rest of the Christmas pictures.

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