Saturday, November 10, 2007

Inswa

It's my mom's birthday! Happy birthday Mia :)
We've had a few impressive rain falls lately, but no thunderstorms yet. The rain is nice because it cools down the air and makes things green, but it also brings out all kinds of bugs. The other night my dorm was full of flying ants and we had to spray two cans full of poison stuff before the girls would go to their rooms... I'm going to get leukemia and brain cancer, I just know it. It's also hard to stay dry when it's raining, so I've been getting used to being perpetually damp.
One very exciting thing did happen yesterday though! I ate a fried termite! They're called inswa, and the local kids eat them a lot as a snack. At first I was very skeptical, but I figured that it would be really boring if I spent 8 months in rural Africa without intentionally eating something outrageous. So I did. It tasted like oil (it was fried) and crunchy. A bit starchy. So now I feel very brave :)

Tahirih and I went to Lusaka on our day off again. No marriage proposals this time, and no overly-squished bus ride. I've noticed that, unlike in Montreal, people always talk to you on the bus. At first, especially if a man addressed me, I'd be reserved and try not to encourage the conversation as much as possible without being rude. But now I can see that as long as you aren't alone somewhere suspicious, most people are just genuinely curious and friendly.

This weekend is going to be full of parties! It's a Baha'i Holy Day on Sunday night, the celebration of the Birth of Baha'u'llah, who is the prophet-founder of the Baha'i Faith. The high school does a formal dinner (we get ice-cream and cake for dessert!) and the girls all get dressed up. Then there will be another celebration at the Institute for the Baha'i community on Monday morning. So I should have lots of colourful pictures to post soon :)

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