Saturday, December 24, 2005

Home Stay - Eating Highlights

I just completed the home stay portion of my Peace Corps training. It was wonderful. My family is the best!

My host family is one of the most warm and loving families I have ever met. They brought me deep into their family and treated me as one of their own. I feel as though my heart is bigger for knowing them!

Here are some eating highlights of my home stay:
  • Having a traditional soot marks placed on my palms and chest to ensure my family's food would not make me sick
  • Helping butcher part of a Spring Bok
  • Helping butcher part of a lamb
  • Helping skin and butcher a Dik Dik
  • Helping cook over a fire in a traditional cast iron pot
  • Eating Dik Dik heart and lungs
  • Taking Mealie Maize from a shared bowl, forming a ball with it, and dipping it into a shared soup bowl
  • Making Italian spaghetti and meatballs for my family
  • Making eggs-in-the-hole for my family


Marge said...

Hi Jay, Hope you get this. We still get a message saying that your phone has been disconnected, every time we call. We called our phone companies, and nothing different works. Hope you are having fun. The girls and Adam were here and had fun, we think. We gave the grandkids each 300, so that should give the girls a boost. Our children didn't get a big amount this year. Yours will go to gpa b for savings. I now have a blog, so it seems, and don't fully understand it! Take care, We love you and think of you many times a day...xoxoxo mom

Jim said...

I am very sad. I wanted to be part of Peace Corps. But if the skills that I will gather at the end of the day will be buthchering animals
while living with semi civilised people, I will think about the prospects of peace corps many times.