Burial

After the grave-digging was completed, I followed the shovel crew to the house of mourning. Huge pots of rice had been prepared and were divided up and topped with small portions of greens mixed with Ramen noodles. Groups of six or eight gathered around communal dishes to eat with whatever they had–most people used their…

Jungle Hike

In our valley, most of the slopes are covered with waist-high grass while the peaks are topped with thick jungle. The jungle also grows down the course of numerous rivers and streams creating the illusion that it is trickling down the mountainside pooling at the bottom. Today I followed Lipson up one of these river…

Lucy’s Arm

For those of you who weren’t following our latest saga on Facebook, here is a brief recap. On Saturday Lucy fell from the cursed ladder to our loft. It was pretty scary for the first few minutes, but after the hysteria subsided and we talked to our doctor here, we felt reassured and decided we…

Walking and Talking

I went walking with Lipson to pick up some new phrases. He pointed out and called by name a few plants, most bodies of water and each variety of banana we passed. But I have already learned a few dozen plant names and those are not coming up in conversation. I was interested in his…

4 Wheeling and Seamstressing

  Today, after multiple failed attempts, we got our 4 wheeler into Menya. Today also, I was spending the morning with Lipson, one of my language teachers (who is also one of my top two favorite Menyans so far.) So Lipson was with me at the airstrip. Once I had reassembled the parts of the…