Saturday, April 9, 2011

Day to Day

Steve in our classroom
Here's an excerpt from an email Steve sent to some of his family.

"We are healthy and happy. Each day we walk about 3/4 mile to the school room where we get our community-based training. Our host mother sends lunch to us. Today it was rice pilaf, chicken, and lettuce with sliced tomatoes. We also had left over iguana with rice. It is fine textured like chicken and has a mild taste. It has a lot of bones. The Belizeans call it bamboo chicken.

The training is half a day of Belize Kriol language training and half a day of learning how to do community organization skills. Today we went over the health assets of the country and talked about the details of setting up training sessions and meetings in the villages.

This afternoon we used Miss Sala's washing machine (on the front porch) to wash our sheets and pillow cases. There is no shortage of water here, and we are allowed to shower twice a day if we want. The water is not heated, so a good time is late in the afternoon as it begins to get cool.

This is a picture of our house. The sheep belong to the next door neighbor. Mr. Kent has an extension cord coming through his wall to the neighbor's house since they do not have electricity.

We have an indoor shower and toilet. We have electricity all the time, but we will not have internet access until we go to Belmopan on Friday. We have a meeting at the Peace Corps office and get some more shots. Our malaria pills are not causing either of us any trouble."


e.hutton said...

Sheep! Not goats, well that puts my animal husbandry in doubt :-). They look pretty fat, but not too wooly.

Are the sheep for wool or food? Wouldn't seem to be much use for wool near the equator?

Do nights get cool enough? If you find out more about the sheep let us know!

Great to see Steve smiling in class. I'm sure he is studying hard. Glad to hear you are tolerating the pills and shots well.

Eventually your body will get acclimated and you'll fit right in biologically. Water and power are certainly a blessing.

Is cooking electric, gas, or something else. For the people without power, or limited power, how do they cook?



e.hutton said...

Oh and I forgot to mention, I zoomed in to looked at the sheep and discovered you guys are taking really high quality photographs!

Thanks! Thumb nail sized pics in the blog really blow up well. Nice job, thanks again.