My walk to the hospital

One thing I love to do is figure out distances to and from things, especially in relation to where I live. We moved to a new house last year. Our new house is only a four minute drive from the hospital, which is so great! Our old house was about a 15 minute drive from the hospital. Ever since we moved in, I’ve been saying I want to walk to the hospital from our house, but the thing is, there are only a few months in the year where this is possible because it’s SO HOT.

January is one of the months where walking is doable, but don’t get me wrong, even in January you can work up a sweat taking a casual stroll through the neighborhood. The sun is bright and beaming all year long, no matter what the temperature. So one day in January, I decided that I needed to take a walk to the hospital from our house because I was curious to see how long it would take. I also thought it would be fun to take pictures along the way so that you all could get an idea of what our “hood” is like.

It took 45 minutes. Way longer than it should have because #1 Leon is three years old. #2 I was stopping and taking lots of pictures along the way, and #3 we were walking through sand. Enjoy!

This is the main road right next to our house. It was just paved (they’re actually not finished paving it yet). Leon was especially excited about the “bumpy road” getting “fixed.”

This is the main road right next to our house. It was just paved (they’re actually not finished paving it yet). Leon was especially excited about the “bumpy road” getting “fixed.”

Straw mats and bails of hay, and a straw house (far left side of the picture).

Straw mats and bails of hay, and a straw house (far left side of the picture).

Gas Station in Niger

Gas Station

Toilets and sinks and pipes for sale.

Toilets and sinks and pipes for sale.

Magaggi (our guard and one of Leon’s favorite people in the world) graciously obliged Leon’s request to join us for our walk. They’re holding their walking sticks that Leon picked out.

Magaggi (our guard and one of Leon’s favorite people in the world) graciously obliged Leon’s request to join us for our walk. They’re holding their walking sticks that Leon picked out.

Tire shop (with a creepy, hunched over, hand-drawn Michelin man).

Tire shop (with a creepy, hunched over, hand-drawn Michelin man).

Meat grilling and chopping (and eating) shop.

Meat grilling and chopping (and eating) shop.

After a while of walking through the sand, Leon got tired and Magaggi offered to give him a ride.

After a while of walking through the sand, Leon got tired and Magaggi offered to give him a ride.

Our favorite bakery!

Our favorite bakery!

A shopping cart : A cart you shop at. You can get almost anything there, including extension cords, mosquito nets, bouncy balls and TV antennas. This list is obviously not exhaustive. These carts are everywhere.

A shopping cart: A cart you shop at. You can get almost anything there, including extension cords, mosquito nets, bouncy balls and TV antennas. This list is obviously not exhaustive. These carts are everywhere.

Pumpkins and sugar cane. This is sugar cane season. Sugar cane is EVERYWHERE.

Pumpkins and sugar cane. This is sugar cane season. Sugar cane is EVERYWHERE.

Just like walking at the beach.

Just like walking at the beach.

Donkey carts.

Donkey carts.

Why not transport people on top of transported goods? Two in one.

Why not transport people on top of transported goods? Two in one.

Fruit and vegetable stand

Fruit and vegetable stand

Tupperware shop?

Tupperware shop?

Furniture store. Namely couches and doors.

Furniture store. Namely couches and doors.

As I said, sugar cane everywhere!

As I said, sugar cane everywhere!

Another fruit and vegetable stand, right in front of a mosque.

Another fruit and vegetable stand, right in front of a mosque.

Cows rummaging through a trash heap by the hospital.

Cows rummaging through a trash heap by the hospital.

A couple kids taking a break from pushing a wheelbarrow down the sandy road (not easy going through sand!) The CURE hospital is up ahead on the right.

A couple kids taking a break from pushing a wheelbarrow down the sandy road (not easy going through sand!) The CURE hospital is up ahead on the right.

Final destination: CURE Hospital. My favorite place in Niger!

Final destination: CURE Hospital. My favorite place in Niger!

Originally posted at: https://joshjulieblog.wordpress.com/2016/01/13/my-walk-to-the-hospital/.


Photo of the Julie Korn

About the Author:

Julie is an Art Therapist serving at CURE Niger. Her husband, Josh, also serves at CURE Niger; he is the Executive Director.

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