December 12, 2009

Traveldy waveldy: Food Around the World

As you know, I like to travel. A lot. And, I like food. A whole whole lot.

So food and travel are right down my cheese laden alley.

Since we're moderately settled right now in these beautiful plains I'm going to go on a virtual trip through my memory and drag you poor pretties along with me.  And our focus is going to be... food. Of course.

Beautiful, dripping with fat, food.  Everyone needs it and everyone loves it. Either that or they're pretending they don't love it and I'm feeling sorry for them...

I started shoving pictures in here from all over and even I got a little overwhelmed. So I'm going to start with Africa.  

 Tangiers, Morocco- Street meet (he he! Pardon the pun.)
Cooking bread in an oven...
Street Vendor. Don't these vegetables look awesome?
Mbale, Uganda (Mt. Elgon)- Coffee beans drying in the sun before export.. mmmm.. coffee...
Kampala, Uganda- The Ethiopian Village- a favorite if you can ignore the stray cat and flashing Christmas lights.
Fact: We got engaged over this very plate of food.
Fact: My engagement ring was made of beads by a woman in the village next to our soon to be home in Kaabong.
Fact: I said yes.
Jinja, Uganda- Our wedding "African Village" cake. Can you believe it? We were surprised with a reception the spring after our actual wedding and we had this amazing surprise!

Cake AND dress were both surprises and given to us when we walked up! It was a "surprise" wedding ceremony with a worship leader and his new wife from Louisiana.. Shame not to remember their names...:(

Our place in Kaabong- a good old fashioned goat roast... and I ain't kidding.. (sorry vegetarians!).

Apakapel the goat, you were good to us. Rest in peace. 

And last but not least, Karamoja, Uganda (Lopelipel village north of Kaabong).

Children grinding maize for staple atap (posho)- yummmmm.

Next stop: Europe.


Amy and the Mykytiuk Bunch said...

Thanks for sharing these. I love to be able to show my kids stuff like this. Esp. Benjamin, who wants to be a missionary.

Brandon and April said...

the coffee beans on the road remind me of China! :) near our university they used to spread corn kernels out on the road for the cars to drive over...that was their way of grinding up the corn before it was put into cattle feed.

Jen said...

Thanks for the Africa food tour! Love the chickens aka street meat!

Mike and Emily said...

beautiful pics! And, I love the story of the engagement and wedding. I'd love to see pics of both. One day, one day...I will go to day, day.

MarathonVal said...

Great pix, my parents also lived in Morocco for awhile and Tangier sounds like one of the towns they lived in.

You asked me what I do as a school social worker - I work in 2 K-8 schools on Chicago's south side. The "main" part of my job is servicing my kids with IEPs, but I also see general ed kids as well. Plus I do a ton of extra stuff like this year I took kids on a field trip to tour the city jail (talk about a scare tactic!), held a career fair, organized a program to get Christmas presents for our needy kids, etc.

If you have any more specific questions I'd be happy to answer them! :)

And it's definitely hard training for a marathon during work, but don't beat yourself up over it. I find that I only need to run 3 days a week, so if that's all you can do that's fine, don't feel bad if you arent' running 5 or 6 days a week.

I know you will be fine! Good luck and have a great rest of the weekend! :)

Lindsey said...

Those cakes are awesome!

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