Monday, January 23, 2006

Rwandan food

So it's my first day on the job, and I finish my security briefing on CD-ROM. (Anecdote: This program is for UN gives advice on how to be safe in the field. During one part, it said, "In many countries, public transportation should be avoided." Alongside was a picture of the Metro, the orange line. Virginia's not that bad!) I finished at about 1:30, and looked for my supervisor, so I could tell her.

The entire place was empty. You could have heard crickets.

Soooo....I was deserted during my first lunchtime. I had heard a rumor that there was a cafeteria, so I went in search of it. No luck. I ended up eating at some tiny place behind the UNHCR building, where the staff didn't speak English and barely spoke French.

There was a buffet, but I had no idea what anything was. What I thought was a potato in tomato sauce was actually a banana in tomato sauce...Some lime-looking fruits or vegetables that I have never seen before were stewed with collard greens and God knows what other spices. They were cringingly tangy and bitter, but I put some salt on them and tried to force them down. I always lecture people that they should finish their food because there are starving children in Somalia, so I have to clean my plate while I am here so as to avoid being the world's biggest hypocrite.

Cost? 75 cents.


Anonymous Craig R. said...

For 75 cents, I think you can afford to be a little picky. I hope you still have that candy I gave you. :-)

1/23/2006 2:29 PM  
Anonymous David said...

I am following your "adventures" in Rwanda with interest. Thanks for making a blog so others can share your experiences. I hope the food agrees with you :)

1/23/2006 3:32 PM  
Blogger Morgan C. said...

Thanks! I guess it is more important that the food agrees with me, not that I agree with the food..... :)

1/24/2006 9:11 AM  
Blogger Mappy B said...

New reader - I'm excited to read more about your experiences.

1/25/2006 4:03 PM  

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