Interested in Yoga? There are always a few expat wives that are very skilled yoga teachers. To keep us all zen.
Zumba, or Pilates? Again plenty of instructors but my friend and I preferred doing Zumba on the Wii, very fun too! Actually Zumba is a bit 2015, Piloxing is THE new thing here in Pointe Noire.
Baking? Trust me “The bake off” is nothing compared to what some of the women can do here! Especially challenging without supply of “normal” products here in Congo so therefor everything is made fresh and from scratch…unless you cheat which is what I do. My very good friend Betty Crocker helps me to keep up appearances within my expat community. Only sometimes I find myself in the awkward situation that people ask me for the recipe…aargh “well it is a family secret” would be my reply.
Cooking? Wow, an average potlock here has better food than a Michelin star restaurant! Especially the Asian community here provide you with the most delicious foods and make it look so effortless. These are always reminders of my own inability to cook. So I usually bring drinks to potlock events!
Music lessons? Well you have your local Congolese musicians that will teach you or your children the drums or any other local instruments. Then you have these gems that appear throughout your expat journey…these super talented musicians that offer anything from musical classes to singing or piano lessons.
Theater? Again all of the sudden these moms you didn’t expect at all to be actresses, have a natural gift in performing and entertain us by having regular performances.
There are too many talented Expat-wives that I sometimes find it intimidating and really wish I had a specific skill set of my own! You have groups that find local projects to support; they will raise money and build schools or teach local schools about Oral hygiene.
Then you have the uber-creative ones that are talented in sewing and are using it to train local girls to sew the most amazing clothes, bags etc. One of these groups/ brands is called: African riddim (www.africanriddim.com) hold sales every few months in Pointe Noire and trust me an average H&M-Balmain collection sale is nothing compared to this! Woman fight to get in and righteously so as their items are amazing, unique and one of a kind.
Last but not least… the reason I started writing about talents are the bloggers and writers amongst us. Some of the blogs I come across are so incredibly well written and so fun to read. One particular mom (Canadianexpatmom.com) decided to bundle a selection of stories written by Expat-moms into a book called; Once upon an Expat. Guess what?? It is available now on amazon and trust me it is funny, sad, interesting and educational all in one book….check it out! Oh and all proceeds go to charity, so really why havent you ordered your copy yet? (If you have already purchased it…THANK YOU!)
Have a great week everyone!