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Purple avocado is good, green shiny are better, but dark green are just ok

Those are the most recent taste results, anyways. After much tasting and re-testing, I’ve decided my favorites are the green ones. The shiny, lime green colored, pear shaped ones. As of Tuesday, anyways. Saturday is a good day to taste again (that’s today! :]). Just to make sure the results are accurate. I mean, those results are obviously incomplete when purple round avocados were tasted, but the pear shaped purple ones were excluded. Flawed! I shouldn’t be publishing such preliminary data. You will be updated as the evidence accumulates!DSCN0633

An update on passionfruit- it’s really tasty. Pineapples are outstanding, though. Plantains are super tasty, but the fermented milk is ridiculously good! Cheese, apparently, is not as good. And there is only one kind available. It’s ok though because you can always substitute avoca!

Ibishyimbo!

Ibishyimbo!

Just a few fun photos and a mystery plant or two to make sure the nursery nerds are still awake! This week I found my way to Togetherness farm. This is where the team of Youth leaders we went to Uganda with have their offices.

Couldn't ask for a better view from the office!

Couldn’t ask for a better view from the office!

All of the group homes for the children Stephen has under his wing live in the surrounding area. All hundred of them. He pays the rent for the houses and checks in on them constantly. Like any good dad would. He said it comes from the fact that he was an orphan, so it makes him feel good to be able to take care of these kids. He’s such a good dad! He reminds me of mine!DSCN0647

I’ve also been escorted all over the city of Kigali and it covers at least three distinct hills. The main roads just sort of wind around them. It makes for a lovely commute. Downtown is all fancy-shmancy, but has free wi-fi if that’s what you’re looking for. Or real good ice cream if that’s what you’re looking for heheh There’s also the people standing on sidewalks trying to sell you flash drives or purses or air time for a phone or pants(! I am curious if they let you try them on before you buy?). It feels like it’s borderline begging. Like they have no other means of earning a living and at least they don’t just come say “Give me money,” but is it good to buy my postcards off the street instead of in the store where they’re at least twice as expensive?

She's selling material for gitenges (not sure of the spelling??)- the traditional dresses. Her shop is in a tiny cave of colors with 6 other identical vendors all in the same tiny room. Who to buy from?!

She’s selling material for gitenges (not sure of the spelling??)- the traditional dresses. Her shop is in a tiny cave of colors with 6 other identical vendors all in the same tiny room. Who to buy from?!

Ibitoki. Green bananas. Plantains.

Ibitoki. Green bananas. Plantains.

What $100 looks like in Rwanda

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65,000 Rwandan francs

 Soccer at Togetherness Sports Area and Farm- these guys are ranked 5th in their league.

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Team meeting!

This is the view from the farm. All of the food grown here goes to the local families who Stephen has taken under his care over the years- they grow bananas, ground nuts (peanuts?), beans and plantains as well as having a milk cow and a few straggler chickens who like to attend class with the kids.

This was debate class. Which came first?

This was debate class. Which came first?

Oh, and you can get real eggs here! They call them Rwandan eggs (as opposed to muzungo- white- eggs) and cost a pretty penny. But come with deliciously golden yolks that seem disproportionately larger than what I’m used to seeing from home. But, just like eggs from home, they do come with poo smears on them.

Muzungo egg filled Samosa

Muzungo egg filled Samosa

I’m not sure which kind of eggs this guy would be selling:

This guy looks way too cool to be selling muzungo eggs

He looks way too cool to be selling muzungo eggs

These are the Pre-schoolers- the muzungos cause more of a disruption than anything when they show up. Ooops! It was adorable to hear them. “Good morning mother. My name is _____. I am 5 years old. I like chicken.” These kids are very fortunate to have Togetherness. Their families cannot afford to send them to school. Here they are supposed to help provide for the expense of hiring a teacher and the meals they are given, but Stephen says most of them cannot pay even the minimums.

Good morning father.

Good morning father.

Here’s the well they have for the community. Cutting out 45minutes of walking down to the other well.

How far could you walk with a 5 gallon jug of water in each hand?

How far could you walk with a 5 gallon jug of water in each hand?

I have so many photos of banana trees... But the light changes, so I have to take more and more and more!

I have so many photos of banana trees (ibineki)… But the light changes, and the clouds are different, and then there’s a bird. I have to take more!

And there are beautiful sunsets if you ever happen to stop alongside the road under a tree in the rain :) DSCN0658

Any ideas what this is? They eat it like spinach:

Dodo they call it when cooked

Dodo they call it when cooked

I know there’s oxalis in there, but the other is apparently edible?

Seeds or leaves, it wasn't clear what he was saying we could eat. Lori tried a leaf and hasn't died yet....

Seeds or leaves, it wasn’t clear what he was saying we could eat. Lori tried a leaf and hasn’t died yet….

My first class:

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Mwa is the sound that gives me the most trouble. Saying it accurately feels like trying to talk with food in my mouth. Except I’m never eating when trying to speak Kinyarwanda.

Lori helped me to teach an English class. It was so great! Hearing them speaking English and having them help me with my Kinyarwanda. Although I’m sure I’ve gotten more out of it than they have. English is so hard, why can’t we have a simple language? Where a letter has one sound and one sound has one meaning? The hard question was how are bye, by and buy different words?

Muzungos are stupid is why!

Not in a banana tree, though!

Not in a banana tree, though!

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Byeee!

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10 thoughts on “Purple avocado is good, green shiny are better, but dark green are just ok

  1. Elaine Smith on said:

    LOVELY photos, Sarah. Thanks so much for sharing your adventure.

    I would cheerfully buy one of almost all of those lovely fabrics! How they would brighten up grey PNW winter days!

    And the ibishyimbo! If they keep their colors when cooked, how beautiful those meals must be. BTW, this horti-nerd found your dodo. It’s apparently leaf amaranth (an African indigene). It will be interesting to learn if its seeds are also used for food, as “our” amaranth is an exceptionally good source of balanced plant protein.

    Can hardly wait to hear your reaction to the purple pear avocados. As long as they have real avocado creaminess, how could they not be great?!

    • Wow! You can always be relied upon, Elaine! It did seem they ate the seeds of the plant in the photo just after the dodo. Dodo is just eaten as greens, the red fruits are the dodo seeds, I presume.
      The avocado research is continuing. Purple pear data still missing. But agreed, they’re so yellow and creamy here, it’s hard to believe!

  2. Justin on said:

    I concur with your english comments: Bye buy and by; there, their, and they’re… BAH! That makes no sense!

    • Right! But Kinyarwandan can’t be easier to learn. Verbs need conjugated for specific subjects, but they also have to match their noun class (one of ten). Pretty sure I won’t be fluent before coming home.

  3. jclfarm on said:

    Love the pictures! What a story the guy on the bike with the chickens could tell us. Do you know if you are able to go to Kenya yet or not? Love you girl! Dad & Mom.

  4. theresa novak on said:

    wow, beautiful scenery. You my lovely niece, I bow to your flexibility to deal with such a different culture and foods!! Big hug girl.

    • I love that you always comment! (and I do always read them, but figure new blog has priority over replying to comments?)
      Thank you for all of your support! I love you!

  5. I’m not convinced that the picture of Ibishyimbo is not actually jelly beans. :p
    And I concur, English is the absolute worst!

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