Week 3 of Training

Another week of training is finished so we can mark off “Week 3”!  On Friday night some of the trainees went to a restaurant where they had karaoke. Some of my fellow trainees can really dance and sing!  It was a joy seeing everyone release the stress from the week and enjoy themselves.  

Saturday was the Namibia Cultural “Braaivleis” which means “roasted meat”. Our language trainers and host families showed us how to cook goat, chicken, warthog, bread, veggies, beans, and all kinds of other things on small campfires. We (not me) slaughtered and cleaned two goats and killed many chickens. I did pluck the feathers off of one chicken and believe me, I have a much greater appreciation for every single piece of chicken (or any meat) I eat. Each language group had their own way of cooking and cleaning so that was really fun to witness. I never knew you could cook bread in a cast iron pot on a fire!  There is no waste when cooking here and they used every single part of the goat except for the skin. One of my fellow trainees decided to take the skin home with her and she is going to try to make a rug out of it. I can't wait to see the end result. I spent much of my day at the Afrikaans area because I wanted to learn how to cook like the Afrikaans speaking people since that is the language I am learning. Here are a few pictures from today’s event.

 

                                                      Ephraim skinning the goat while Kaitlin watches.

                                                     Ephraim skinning the goat while Kaitlin watches.

                                                             Learning how to slaughter a chicken.

                                                            Learning how to slaughter a chicken.

                 Intestines and other organs hanging from the tree to dry out before cleaning and cooking.

                Intestines and other organs hanging from the tree to dry out before cleaning and cooking.

At home...on Saturday, my daughter, Abby, graduated from college. It was the first “event” I have missed and while it was sad to miss it, I got to FaceTime with my family as they gathered for a celebratory dinner. They even had a bottle of champagne and we all toasted together. I toasted with my water bottle, but that’s ok. I'm so proud of her. Here’s a picture of them all. 

 

                                                          Amber, Andrew, Kevin, Abby, Alan

                                                         Amber, Andrew, Kevin, Abby, Alan

And today is Mother’s Day. I’m going to make a cake for my host mom this afternoon. And while this is the second “event” I am missing with my children, I trust I will talk with them today at some point. As I write this, it is 4 am in North Carolina so I hope they are all fast asleep and feeling happy about their day together yesterday. I miss them.

I’ll leave you with a quote by Swami Sivananda. “Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret to success” Right now, I’m putting my heart, mind and soul into learning Afrikaans. We have our first “Language Proficiency Tests” beginning May 22nd. It will be a 15-20 minute conversation with a PC Afrikaans Tester. Wish me well!