Some of the highlights (that haven’t already been mentioned) from my trip:
While I have been here, I have had the opportunity to eat some local, off the street food and it has been the closest thing to comfort food I have found in Africa. One night we ate some red beans and potatoes from a lady that sells them on the side of the road. The girls here eat them all the time, so I felt pretty safe doing it. This lady sits on a stool on the side of the street and has a big pot full of red beans and big pot full of boiled potatoes. For literally 10 cents, you can get a bowl full of beans and potatoes, complete with onions, some spicy powder, oil, and salt. It kind of reminded me of something I would eat at the fair on a cool night. However, it is not cool here. Regardless, that meal hit the spot.
Then this morning, we went and got another street side meal for breakfast. Another lady sitting on a stool was rolling out dough and making something that was a mix between a croissant and a tortilla. She would pour oil onto the griddle and fry the dough and it turned into a thick, flaky, deliciously fried breakfast bread. If you want, she will fry an egg in the pan and then put the tortilla on top of the egg – the African version of an Egg McMuffin. If you choose to go without the egg, you can put honey on the bread and it is really similar to a sopapilla. I got mine with the egg and then after I ate all the egg part, I put honey on the bread part that was left. I have now taste tested and wholeheartedly approve of both versions.
We found out that the salon down the street will wash your hair for 50 cents and while they are washing it, they will give you a 20 minute head massage. The girls here aren’t too keen on hair washing because they have to keep their heads covered all the time and we have only had water at the house 2 of the 7 days I’ve been here, so that limits it too. Although, the one day we did have water and I took a shower, I decided I liked the bucket showers that I had been taking better. I could have spit more water out of my mouth than the shower head was putting out. Anyways, we decided it was worth 50 cents to pay someone else to wash and massage our hair and I’m not gonna lie, I don’t think my hair has been this clean in a while. I’m just doing my part to try to help the economy around here 🙂
There are also camels everywhere here in the city. Twice on runs, I have had close encounters with camels and didn’t have my camera with me. The first day, we passed two nomadic men and their three camels and then this morning we ran by a herd of camels – literally 100 or so of them. That was the first time I have ever encountered a sight like that. The capitol and the village where I will live have virtually no camels, so it has been fun to see these very strange creatures.
While I have loved my time here in this city, I also felt like I was in a perpetual state of melting…..so hot! I am grateful to be returning to the much cooler capitol city and my shower that actually works. It was good to leave, but will be good to be back too!