One Month

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So I have been in Lesotho for one month! Part of me can’t believe it’s already been a month, whereas another part of me can’t believe it’s only been a month. So much has happened so far which makes me believe I have been here longer, but I already miss people and the basic comforts of home. Just making and drinking a simple soy latte from Boulder or a nice cold PBR from LUX would bring me so much happiness at this point (women are not allowed to drink in public here). Alas, I am adjusting and nonetheless loving the challenges and adapting to my new life in Lesotho. I have learned so much Sesotho and feel comfortable communicating my basic needs, likes, dislikes and greetings. There is still so much to learn! Now that I have made it to the one month benchmark, I am able to prepare my own meals finally! For the past four weeks our host families cooked for us; which in some cases it was nice because I could have more leisurely mornings, but I LOVE to cook and to eat healthily, so having autonomy over what and when I eat has boosted my mental health and overall happiness much more. I managed to “bake” banana bread in a pot and will be making homemade spring rolls, wrapper and all tonight! Oh! The biggest thing about cooking for myself now is that I can be a vegetarian again  I took a one month hiatus and ate meat since my family was preparing food for me, but now I am back to veggie heaven. I will admit, though, I thoroughly enjoyed my fair share of nama ea khoho and nama ea nku (chicken and sheep)…the pork, not so much! I was given a grizzle laden, hairy snout, which I could not swallow. On another fun and exciting list, I have started to compile a list of creepy kritters I have encountered in my room, since the list is expanding on a daily basis. As you all know, my first day I had a bat flapping around, I have also killed a few daddy longlegs on crack (slightly longer legs, but much larger bodies), fat hairy spiders (like a dwarf tarantula), moths every night, a couple crickets but the piece de resistence is…drum roll please…I woke up with a gargantuan, black hybrid of a cockroach/katydid/grasshopper/praying mantis resting somberly on my pillow! I immediately ran and got my host parents, whom then tried to help me kill the crunchy creature. My bedroom turned into a terminator circus for the next 15minutes moving my bed around, swapping a mop, jumping away from it flying at us. It was quite comical. I am learning to laugh at everything and enjoy even the moments that are gross, hot, exhausting, scary and/or all of the above. I will certainly be coming back a changed person!

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About sfubuntu8

This Blog will document my time spent in the Peace Corps. I hope to share my adventures, trials and triumphs. This website is not affiliated with the US Peace Corps or the US government. The views expressed here do not in any way represent the views of the Peace Corps nor those of the United States government.

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