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Saturday, October 31, 2009

Ahhh..Sanitation Day

Today was sanitation day in Lagos. It is hard to even think of Lagos having a sanitation day when all you see along the sides of the roads is garbage as far as the eye can see. But, once a month, a Saturday is declared Sanitation day. Believe it or not, there are absolutely no cars out on the streets between the hours of 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. The only vehicles that are allowed on the roads are police and emergency vehicles. I could not believe how quiet it was outside. I took a picture from the balcony out our front door to show that there were absolutely no cars on the street next to our compound. If anyone is found out on the roads (not cleaning) walking or in a car, he will be arrested and taken to a Nigerian jail. (I have heard people would rather be dropped and left at the bottom of a well rather than going to a Nigerian jail.) I am not sure how much actual cleaning is happening on these days, ( people are supposed to use this time to clean up around their living areas.) but, there is a very good thing that comes from it. Instead of Jeremy's soccer games starting at 8 a.m. (yikes) they started today at 11 a.m. Although, along with the good comes the is very hot by then. But, you just can't beat the value of a little more time to sleep.:)

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