I've made significant strides in a few other areas as well. For example, my house mom, Mariam, loves to feed me. After a few weeks of waking up early to eat breakfast with her, I finally just gave up the facade. Let's face it: I'm not really a morning person. And waking up extra early to eat breakfast (which is something I don't usually do anyway) wasn't exactly starting my day off right. Thankfully, she seemed to get the point and she began packing my breakfast for me to take with me. Thus began a new set of problems. Instead of the cup of tea, biscuit and 2 pieces of watermelon I would eat, Mariam began handing me a BAG filled with an omelet, 1/4 of a watermelon, 2 or 3 oranges, a couple of pieces of sesame bread, a few small bananas and a container of cooked bananas. Plus, a bottle of fresh-made juice. (Not gonna lie - I love the juice...I am just not too sure where the coke bottle came from that she pours it in and whether or not it was ever washed.) In case you're thinking that this feast of a packed lunch may just be the culture norm here, it's not. Last week I walked into class and another student, Liz, said I was the talk of her dinner table the night before. Apparently, everyone was talking about the "girl who walks through town with a giant bag of food" every morning. Moral of the story: With every victory, comes a new battle. It may be smaller than the one before, but it's still a battle. I've now convinced Mariam I don't need the omelet, but I'm still working on cutting out a few other items.
I may have mentioned in another earlier post my concern about laundry. Seeing as I live in the projects, I don't really have a place to wash or hang out my clothes.
|Stairwell - I live on the 4th floor|
|I suppose I could try to hang my laundry like these peeps, |
but I'm not sure I want my underwear hanging out for all to see!
|My place is on the fourth floor...no laundry line.|
Next week I'm starting Matinee Movie Day on campus. All of the students from the University, families, and friends are invited. We are watching Justin Bieber's "Never Say Never." (Another big smile.) The Zanzibari's I've spoken with are pretty excited about it - as are (most) of the Boren students. I'm starting - or maybe just spreading - BieberFever here in Zanzibar! I'll post pics next week.
This weekend I'm laying low, taking a little "me-time." I have a lot of ideas and thoughts to put down on paper and am still focusing on how to best spend my time here next semester. I know I say it almost every time, but thank you for your notes, messages and emails. I love hearing about what's going on at home...it makes you all feel closer. Love and miss you!