It’s Saturday evening and our host family is downstairs preparing a “Supra” celebration for our host sister who turns 18 today. Supras are a big party with all day preparations of food and drink! The meal is served with continual layers of food….and drink. Since this is a girl party I’m not sure how that will progress. We’ll report at the next blog.
Our second week was possibly more exhausting than the first. The language classes are more difficult and folks are up late doing homework. Did we mention we have 4 hours of it 6 days a week? For the rest do the day those in education go to school and start their practicum with counterpart teachers. Those in business are learning about Georgian community based organizations and NGOs. They are also practicing with tools designed to assess their needs and develop programs to satisfy these needs. Both sections also require preparation.
We have eaten bread at every meal. Cheese is also put out at every meal but it is very salty as is a lot of the food. We eat VERY little meat. Tom & I have been buying bananas and apples to supplement our diets. We also bought some eggs this week and now will scramble some for breakfast. Our host family won’t let us do much …..not even put our dishes in the sink. Gender roles here are very different and we must respect them as we struggle to be “ourselves”. Today in our culture class someone said the gender roles here remind them of the U S back in the early 50s especially where the men are concerned. I’ve yet to see a male teacher in school. We do hear a lot about the Minister of Education and how he is pushing to change things. There are no organized sports in schools and most have outhouses.
The weather is getting hot and it is a humid climate so we are not looking forward to summer. This week we’ve had a few storms that were horrific with lightening and thunder. They have been thru the night and wake everyone up.
The title on this post may be misleading….we have lost 2 of our number who have found it necessary to go home. We wish them the best for the future.