Supposedly, this housing solution is temporary for them, but we know how hard it is to find a good, affordable place here in Mayotte.
Three children. And from the "oh, you don't have children?" comment and accompanying (pitying) look on the Friend's face, we've been given to understand that at least one of them is a terror.
I could say, "There goes the neighborhood!" but our landlord has four children, one of them a toddler; the across-the-street neighbors have two toddlers; and there are regularly five or so children from toddler to seven-ish at the house on the corner, so it isn't exactly like we lived in silence-lover's paradise before. (We're not even going into catfights, roosters and chickens in the jackfruit tree crowing and clucking up the sun; blaring music; the neighbor's visitors and taxis who think they freaking have to announce their presence by lying on the horn...) But we were hoping for homebodies who do not: 1) squabble, 2) have children; 3) have a dog(s); or 4) like to entertain.*
Hmmm, sounds like I want neighbors just like us. :P
*I guess we can still hold out hope for 1,3, and 4.