House Warming

Our neighbors are building a new house. The houses don’t last for very long, so they have to rebuild houses pretty regularly here. This new one is a little bigger than their last house, but the most exciting thing is that their daughter, Nawi, gets her own room! That’s rare here in this culture of tiny…

Kero-cine

Rousen stood me up last Monday when he was scheduled to meet with me for language practice. This week he explained why: Monday last week, I didn’t come to see you. My firstborn child ate a tomato with germs and he had a belly ache. He threw up until day break. I went and got…

I learned today that there is a different set of numbers for counting small stuff in Menyan—and here I’ve been using the big-stuff numbers for everything. How embarrassing.

Coffee Middleman

It’s coffee season. Wati has built a store and become a middleman. He buys green coffee beans a few KGs at a time and then sells them in 50-60kg bags. Eventually they get sold to a factory where they will be processed and shipped around the world.