March 19, 2018

I am waiting for Polaroid film we ordered to be delivered so I can send Caitlin’s next box – so hopefully later this week.

I had a little sticker shock today when I opened the t-mobile bill. I assumed there would be a cost to texting, and it is still so worth it, but yikes! At .50 cents a text it adds up pretty quick. Caitlin can receive texts at no cost but each text she sends has a fee. It is a huge relief to be able to hear from her and know she is okay but we may need to be a little more moderate with the texting.

With that said, it has been nice to hear her updates the past couple weeks. Classes continue to go well but she is anxious to get to her site and get a place of her own. Living out of a suitcase for the past 2 1/2 months is getting old. She will complete her Pre-service training in the next few weeks and should travel to her site the first or second week of April. She was running a low-grade fever for a few days but it seems to have passed so that is good. She is pretty much continuing her nearly vegan diet because butter is expensive and milk is pretty rare, plus she doesn’t really know that she would like the milk if she did drink it. She is eating eggs and the rest of her diet is mostly lentils yellow peas, beets, potatoes, carrots, rice, jalapeno cabbage and greens. She said fruit is pretty rare but she will sometimes get bananas which she said taste so much better than she remembers them tasting here – which may be because she has so little options haha. She said she has also had mango and pineapple but not frequently.  Catilin said she thinks she will eat Doro Wot, which is a traditional Ethiopian dish served during holiday, if it is served at Easter. It is a chicken stew that includes boiled eggs. We served Doro Wot at Caitlin’s going away party if you were there and able to try it.

Wajjin hahsa’un kenya na gammachiseera –  It was nice talking to you

4 thoughts on “March 19, 2018”

  1. Bridget, Have you looked into the “What’s App” app? It’s a free App that allows you to text for free to people/phones in other countries. You should check into it. Love you guy!

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  2. Oooooo….I envy Cait the (occasional) fresh banana, etc. I can tell you that any fresh fruit she gets in Africa will almost certainly have ripened on the plant in the sunshine, THEN been picked and eaten. Growing our own fruit over there, we kids picked fresh whenever we were hungry for a snack, and the taste was fantastic. In comparison, fruit we can buy in stores locally in the US is picked green and ripens on the shelf, and much of the extra, natural sweetness is missing. I still love fruit, but it rarely tastes as it did when ripe out of our garden!

    Thank you so much for these updates. And please pass along some Papa and Nana love 🙂

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    1. What a great memory and suggests Caitlin’s impression that the fruit tastes better is true and not just because she doesn’t have it as often.

      I will pass on your love for sure!

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