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!
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!
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.
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!
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?
What $100 looks like in Rwanda
Soccer at Togetherness Sports Area and Farm- these guys are ranked 5th in their league.
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.
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.
I’m not sure which kind of eggs this guy would be selling:
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.
Here’s the well they have for the community. Cutting out 45minutes of walking down to the other well.
Any ideas what this is? They eat it like spinach:
I know there’s oxalis in there, but the other is apparently edible?
My first class:
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!