May 12, 2011

Just a quick post and some photos before I leave for the weekend to the game reserve. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to go to my site visit today-I got sick this morning, most likely some sort of bacteria from the food, but took some pre-prescribed medicine and am fine now.  I had a similar situation in Thailand, only this time I didn’t wait 3 day before taking the pills. 🙂  Luckily I get to make up the site visit next week-it’s called the Remi Foundation and is a private school for primary aged students, but also for disabled children.

We went to dinner tonight at Jessica’s house who is the director of our class.  She, her husband and two little girls have lived here for almost a year now.  Both are American and her husband is a professor at AUN.  Their house was amazing to see, as they pretty much live in the heart of Yola but in a gated community.  They will be moving back to the States in July; both of their girls are starting to get older, one is 3 and one is 6, and the education they are getting here definitely would not be equal to what they would be getting in the States later down the road.  They made us suya, which is a common Nigerian dish-its basically really spicy barbecued beef.  The meat is bought off of people selling it on the streets.  The men who sell it usually carry it on top of their heads in a flat basket and I was told that sometimes the meat is not sold for days, possibly even a week.  It is not the most appealing thing to see, especially when there are flies covering it.  I tried not to think about it, and Harvey, Jessica’s husband, salted it before cooking it, which is supposed to kill all the bacteria.  They have been doing it for a year, so I decided I would trust their judgment.  The meat, after it was cooked, was also very tough.  The cows here have very little meat on them, usually you can see the bones through their skin because they are so malnourished.  The Suya was pretty good nonetheless.

The pictures below are of the Suya cooking and me, Emily, and Bill hanging out on Jess’ patio before dinner.  The first photo is of a man who sold some great handicrafts–got some great things to bring back from him.



3 Responses to “Suya”

  1. DAD said

    YUM!! My kind of food. Lauren, you’ll be the only one at our next BBQ that will try my fresh game off
    the mountain.

    Love, Dad

  2. Jenna said

    Hi Lauren,

    Can’t wait for your next post. 🙂 I think about you everyday – stay safe. Sounds like you are having an amazing journey so far.

    Miss you / see you soon 🙂


  3. Nik and Claudia said

    Hi Lauren,

    Nik really likes the pictures and is looking forward to read and see more. He wanted me to also tell you the following (not sure why):
    “We are going camping in California” (true just not all that relevant)
    Stay safe and enjoy the rest of this amazing experience,
    Nik and Claudia

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