Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving in Africa/Ultimate Frisbee


(Photo by Brian Longmore)

Good Morning folks (Its Morning over here and for you, you are just getting in bed and if you’re my mother than you’re already asleep).  This past week has been quite eventful.  Not only did I have my first ever Thanksgiving in Africa, but on Sunday I also played in an Ultimate Frisbee tournament.  First things first, Thanksgiving.  Well on Thursday Holly, my friend Brian, and I headed up to one of the staff members houses to make cookies.  We did this because, while all the food was being provided for that evening, all of the USP kids had to provide the dessert and oh did we provide it.  We made cookies that turned out to be square-shaped when we took them out of the oven (strange things happen in Africa).  It was fun.  Later on all of us got together on the soccer field and had a good ol’ game of football!!! (We felt very American).  It was an awesome game and in the spirit of Thanksgiving the score was a tie.  Afterwards up we went to Mark and Abbie’s house (our leaders) to pig out on some mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, real vegetables, and African grilled Turkey!!!!  It was funny because all of the edible African fowls (chicken, turkey, duck, dodo, etc.) are all ‘free’ range.  This means that they are super tough and getting meat to come off takes a lot of jaw power.  Fortunately, I got really good pieces.  Holly wasn’t so lucky lol.  The dessert table afterwards was awesome!!! (Pumpkin Pie…mmmhhhhmmm).  Then to finish off the evening we watched Charlie Brown’s Christmas or something like that.


Now to Sunday.  I skipped church.  Why?  Because I decided to worship and be in fellowship with my Ultimate Frisbee teammates as we launched frisbee’s across an epic battlefield as our opponents charged into our ranks.  Yeah lol.  The tournament was pretty amazing we played against six really good teams of intense players.  One team consisted of members of the Peace Corps while others simply consisted of big burly black bodybuilders turned Ultimate Frisbee players.  We had a pretty good record at the end of the tournament.  We lost three and we won three, but we only lost by one point to some of the best teams there (one of which had most of the big burly black bodybuilders).  Some of the highlights included several amazing catches, slides, scores, and plenty of awe inspiring plays from Davis Rideout (domination).  Oh and I tackled some guy in midair.  Not only was it extremely fun but we got shirts and bagels!!  What more do you need?  Anyway I was extremely exhausted afterwards and I’m still sore at this moment.

Its officially December (over here anyway) and that means there are 15 more days between me and the United States.  I’m pretty excited.  I’m ready to go home and see my family…and eat American food…but mostly to see my family and friends.  Yesterday I found myself planning which restaurants I would visit when I got back lol.  Anyway 15 more days and two more essays and I’ll be home!!!!!  


  1. I´m counting down the days too =)

  2. Yay I can't wait dean!! Love you!

  3. I can't wait to see you! Sooooo, Sooooo excited. Glad you had an American Thanskgiving. Ours just wasn't the same without you!