Thursday, August 9, 2012--Kigali
Tonight's entry will be about one topic only: mosquito bed nets! When I arrived here, I was confronted with needing to sleep under a bed net for malaria prevention; I had never done so before. The round frame is suspended from the ceiling and all the netting flows down from there. You spread the netting out in a circle and tuck it in around the entire bed. At the beginning it seemed sort of lovely. It looks like something a fairy princess would have over her bed. As time has worn on, however, this princess is slowly becoming disenchanted. Once I'm inside the netting things are OK if I have remembered to bring everything in with me: my book, my iPad, etc. If I haven't remembered I must crawl out again to secure what I need. The real issue is when I have to get up in the dark at night. I have to pull the netting up until I can get outside of it, then get back in again. Sometimes when I wake up in the AM, I have really made a mess of things!
If anyone has any good tricks about sleeping with netting, please let me know. I'm a newby at this, but will have to do it all year while I am here.