17 May 12
I still love my red dreadlocks. But it’s time for some dreadlocks maintenance, and today I also met up with another dreaded friend.
Now that I’m in Auckland, one of my first stops is at the African Hair Braiding & Extension Centre. Last July, I met Sam and his wife Mercy at their shop on K Road. They’re from Ghana, the country next door to Ivory Coast — where I lived for eleven years. So I’ve felt a special affinity with them from the start.
It was lovely to return to see them almost a year later. They remembered me and asked after the girls and David. It was also fun to introduce them to Elijah who had been in utero when I was last in Auckland.
Of all the people who have done dreadlocks maintenance on my head, Sam is the absolute best! He works quickly and efficiently and doesn’t use any products to help bind the dreads together. I’d love to keep coming back to him for dreadlocks maintenance if we continue to return to Auckland in the future!
After my head was finished, I phoned our friend Johnny from the Far North and arranged to meet him at a local park. It’s a joy to walk around a new city and admire the buildings, the public art and smile at the passersby!
We took a nice, leisurely path back to downtown Auckland, determined to enjoy the journey. Because he grew up in Auckland, Johnny knows a lot about the history of the area and could share interesting details of the developments as we passed them by.
It was a pleasure to end the evening at Johnny’s mother’s house and to meet Nanette and Johnny’s sister Kirsty. We’ve heard so much about them, and finally I get to put faces and personalities to the names!
After dinner, I retired to my beautiful little van for the night. There’s bedding in the back to make it comfortable. I don’t mind sleeping in the van, and Elijah doesn’t mind where he sleeps, as long as it’s next to me. After settling Elijah, I watch a movie on the laptop until it runs out of power, and then it’s my bedtime.
It’s fun to be in a tiny space again — already I’m thinking about how I can personalise this vehicle before I present it to my family. Any ideas?