Tuesday, January 31, 2012

How dog got his tail.
One day dog was eating an apple.  He was thinking about the golden apple that was in king Raccoons palace.  He wanted to eat it but it was forbidden to everyone. when he saw the king leaving.  Dog asked king raccoon why he was going.  Raccoon told him that he was leaving to a feast that he had been invited to at the village where Tiger ruled.  Dog had an idea.  He wanted to steal the apple while dog was gone.  But then he thought twice, maybe someone would catch dog.  Dog thought it was worth the risk so he planed to sneak into the castle and steal the apple at night.  The night came and dog when to the palace.  He entered through the window.  And snuck to the room that had the apple in.  When he lifted the case an alarm went off so he ran.  Once he got to the courtyard he eat the apple.  It was great.  Out of no where snake came and bit his but.  Dog was punished by his robbery by Raccoon.  Snake was ordered to hold on to dog forever.  That is why dogs have a tail and to this day dogs try to bite it.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

visit with Maruge 6 and 7

Today is my last full day so we wanted to do something special.  In school we played games and flew kites.  There were only 5 kites so we all had to share.  After break we all sat down and a few of the kids gave me some presents.  After school ended we had to go back to Maruge's house.  I had to start packing and getting ready to leave because my plane flight was the next day.  My last day arrived an me and Maruge said our goodbyes.  We talked about how much of a good time he had with me and how much of a good time I had had with him.  He gave me a small fare for the bus and I left.  He waved to me as I left in the buss.  During the bus ride, I decided that when I got back home that I would send some ingredient for chocolate chip cookies to Maruge.

Monday, January 23, 2012

visit with Maruge day 4 and 5

Today we went back to school because it was a Monday.  We learned more addition and started with the concept of subtracting.  There was one boy named Abasi that couldn't get the concept of subtracting.  He kept telling me that he didn't want to have less numbers.  I thought that was funny and I told him that it's ok if he has less numbers.  When school got out some of the kids wanted us to play hide and seek with them.  We said yes and followed them.  We all went to a plain with lots of skinny trees that felt like smooth wood and smelled like mint.  The kids said they were really fun to climb on so we did that for a while.  The next day we ran to school.  We did some more subtraction and writing.  After school Maruge decided he wanted to go to the city to get something but he said he couldn't tell me what it was.  Once we got to the city we went to a small shop.  Maruge bought a small pin that said education counts on it in big red, green and black writing, which are the colors of the Kenyan flag.  He gave it to me as a present and told me that what it said was very important.  When we got back to Maruge's house we went to sleep.  The next day we woke up early and walked to the small lake.  When we got to the lake we bathed and washed our selves with some soap he had.  The soap was not very strong so I had to scrub really hard.  Once we washed ourselves we dried ourselves off with a towel that was really small.  We walked back to Maruge's house and put on some clean clothes.  We then rushed off to school to learn knew things.

visit with Margue 3

Today I woke up to a truck driving away.  There was a package on the front step.  It was from my mom again.  There we're bowls in it and other cooking stuff in it.   We decided to make the cookies today.  We started by making the mix.  The mix was really easy to make.  The hard part was baking the cookies.  We put them on the cookie sheet and put them in Maruge's clay oven.  We had to put a cookie sheet in front so it would be able to get to the right temperature.  I had to constantly check the oven because I didn't know how long it would take.  It took about 40 min.  After we took the sheet out with a glove we let the cookies cool on top of the clay oven.  Once we waited of about 10 minutes we took off the cookies.  They were crunchy on the bottom but nice soft and warm on the inside, that is just the way I like them.

Visit with Margue 2

Today I woke up with Maruge washing his face with water.  I then washed my face with water because it had gotten dirty from all the dust.  After we had washed our faces and had some goat milk and veggies for breakfast we walked to school.  His school was 3 miles away so it took a while to walk there.  There were some kids waiting for me and him at school.  They were really happy to see me and Maruge.  Once we started class I stood by and helped teach.  It was really cool to be able to teach other people and gave me self fulfillment.  After I helped teach how to spell some 4 and 3 letter words we all went to break.  There was some juice to drink.  Me and Maruge gave ours to other people because there wasn't enough to go around.  After everyone had juice we went back inside to learn how to add.  It was fun to teach the kids because this was an entirely new concept to them.  After school ended we went back to maruges house.  There was a package waiting there.  It was for me.  My mom had sent some ingredients for chocolate chip cookies.  I thought that was really nice if her.  Me and Maruge decided to try to make cookies when I was there.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Visit with Margue 1

Today I got to Maruges village. He was still in school so I decided to surprise him with some cookies that i had brought.  Once he got out of school he came home and we had goats milk and cookies.  He said it was a strange taste and said maisha ni tamu  I asked him what that meant and he said it meant life is sweet.  I really beleve that because it is true.  Once we finished eating the cookies he asked what they were made of and how they were cooked.  I told maruge that the main ingredients were chocolate chips, flour, butter, eggs, and brown sugar.  I also told him that they were baked.  He had no idea what most  of the ingredients were.  I told him flower was ground wheat and chocolate was something that they make out of different parts of the cocoa tree.  After I told him how to make chocolate chip cookies he showed me around his home.  He had a little garden that had some squash like vegetable growing.  He also had a goat.  He told me that was where he got the milk.  Once he showed me where he lived, Maruge taught me how to milk a goat.  It was funny to learn how to milk a goat because I never thought I would do that.  The goats utters were suprisingly warm.  He told me that he did this every day.  Milking the goat was surprisingly tiring so I went to bed after.  Margue let me sleep on a little bed that he had.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

My Stop in Eldoret, Kenya

On my way from Sudan, I stopped in Kenya.  I was invited to the village of Eldoret.

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