|Today was wonderful! We purposely made no plans for today so we could sleep in and try to get rid of our jet lag, but the sleeping-in part did't really work out in my favor. I poured myself a cup of coffee and walked around and took pictures around the church compound. It really is beautiful, but clearly run down. Their swings on the swing set consisted of a metal frame with some ply wood as the seat, some having cardboard over the wood.
After we ate breakfast, David took us for a walk around to show us downtown Sakila, and holy cow, this is probably the most beautiful non-tropical place I have ever seen! The lush green rolling hills surround us! We took a tour of the primary and secondary schools, and have volunteered to teach English and anything other subjects they need help with next week! I'm so excited! I have always wanted to teach English in another country!
We walked along the goat trail and past donkeys carrying ginormous bushels of I-don't-know what! I took pictures of practically everything I saw, because it was so magnificent! We even climbed a big tree at one point, simply because it looked like a good climbing tree!
When we came across the children from the gov't school, the literally mobbed us when we asked to take their picture! Oh boy, do they LOVE getting their pictures taken! They all crowded around and were doing the peace-sign and posing and laughing hysterically! When we showed them their picture, they laughed and laughed and laughed! Oh, it was the funniest thing they had EVER seen! Some kids literally fell to floor laughing! We played catch with them for a little and Ben played tag/chase; we had a phenomenal time! They loved my hair and kept touching it, so I took it out of my bun and they all reached to play with it, it was really cute. Right before we left, they were so giddy that they started to pinch our butts, which hurt! Haha, it was just a game to them and they giggled when we'd turn around and say "Hey! What do you think your doing!" (jokingly, of course).
We made it back in time for coffee time and tossed a football around afterward, encouraging some of the other people to play with us and then taught them how to play hot potato, which was really fun! At 4:45 we changed and met up with David again, and played a game of soccer. At first we were just kicking the ball around then more and more people showed up and we started a real game. Holy cow, everyone here is amazing at football! Even the 5 year olds could do fancy foot work! We had to stop at 6 for dinner, which was fine by all of us because us 'mazoonkos' we're pretty beat.
Dinner consisted of rice, coconut mush thing (I didn't try it) and we actually got chicken tonight instead of goat! There was no chicken breast, just the legs. And what comes with legs...? Feet. And you guessed it. I TRIED A CHICKEN FOOT! There were more than one witness to prove it! Not only did I try it (more than one bite too, mind you) but I also tried the bone marrow. In the process I accidentally cut my skin trying to snap the bone in half. I don't think I'll ever be able to say I cut myself to do a chicken bone shard because I was trying to get to the bone marrow!
Sarah, Tyler and I finished dinner before Ben and hung out at the house for a little and relaxed. We're all pretty tired after our very long walk around town and soccer game!
Tomorrow, David is hiking with us to the top of Mt. Sakila so we can watch the sunrise, so we're leaving around 4:30am. After we get back and breakfast, we're meeting up with the interpreters so we can all go over what the plan is for Thursday. That's the day we're going to start the research project in the outer villages and test them for diabetes. After that meeting however, we are free to do whatever we want. I have a feeling it's going to lead to another game of soccer and/or tossing a football around!
All in all, today was more than I could ask for! The sun even finally came out and for the first time, I was able to say that I was hot! We had a blast today!
Between the soccer and those adorable children, I don't think I have ever in my entire life laughed so hard for so long or had a grin that was too big for my face for such an extended period of time!
Can't wait for another African Adventure tomorrow! :)