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As requested, I’m sharing the recipe for one of the lunches I cooked with my homestay mom in Temento Samba. She never measured anything so if you try to recreate it, use your best judgement, and don’t forget to taste along the way!

 

Ingredients:

Bissap leaves

Water

White Rice

Whole Chicken

Red Onions

Carrots

Turnips

Vegetable Oil

Black Pepper

Bouillon Seasonings

Salt

Mustard

Tomato Concentrate

Optional: Okra

 

Directions:

  1. Put bissap leaves in a pot and add enough water to cover them. Bring to a boil.

  2. Remove bissap leaves from pot using a strainer ladle and transfer to a separate container. Then, use a hand mixer to purée the tender leaves until a gooey mixture is formed. Add salt and bouillon seasonings to taste. Set aside. *Optional: If okra is available, purée it into this sauce.

  3. Peel the onions, carrots, and turnips. Dice the onions, and chop the carrots and turnips into 1-in matchstick pieces.

  4. In a mortar, crush the black pepper. Then add the chopped onions and more bouillon seasonings, and continue to crush.

  5. Prepare the chicken for cooking, making sure that the meat has been thoroughly cleaned.

  6. Rub the chicken with salt, and then place it in a pot of simmering vegetable oil. Let it cook briefly, just until the outside becomes crispy. Then, remove the meat from the oil, and fry a portion of the onion mix.

  7. After a few minutes, add to the hot oil several cups of water, the rest of the onion mixture, and the chopped carrots and turnips. Also add the chicken back in, and let the pot simmer.

  8. After a little while, add mustard and more bouillon seasonings. Continue to let it simmer.

  9. Then, add an additional 1/2 cup of water along with salt, to taste, and the tomato concentrate. Leave the pot to simmer, removing it only once it has been over heat for a total two hours.

  10. Meanwhile, sort the white rice, making sure to remove any foreign objects. Then, rinse it thoroughly.

  11. Steam the rice, then add it to a pot of water, and let it cook over low heat until the water has been fully absorbed.

  12. Plate the rice in a large platter, lightly cover it in the onion sauce, put the chicken in the middle of the dish, and then distribute the bissap sauce in dollops around the platter. Serve warm.

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Aissatou’s Maaro e Gertogal (Rice and Chicken)

Lizzie Heffern,SUMMER: Senegal

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As requested, I’m sharing the recipe for one of the lunches I cooked with my homestay mom in Temento Samba. She never measured anything so if you try to recreate it, use your best judgement, and don’t forget to taste along the way!   Ingredients: Bissap leaves Water White Rice Whole Chicken Red Onions Carrots […]

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08/15/17

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Lizzie Heffern

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SUMMER: Senegal

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I’ve spent much of the past ten days processing my month in Senegal; trying to make sense of how I ended up in such a beautiful country, in the arms of the most welcoming hosts, and with the greatest group of co-travelers. I’ve been reflecting on what I want to take away, and there’s one lesson in particular that resonates with me that I learned while living with my host family in Temento Samba.

In the days leading up to this round of homestays, the entire group was anxious, and for good reason. Our instructors told us that our host families would speak only Pulaar, even though until this point we had been learning exclusively Wolof. Before our families picked us up, Samba gave us a “Survival Pulaar” crash course, covering some basic greetings and simple phrases like “Where is the toilet?”, “I want to eat,” and--as I would soon learn to be the most important phrase when living in a Senegalese household--“I am full!”.

The first hour I spent with my family was stressful. Once we got past the basic greetings, I was lost in all other conversation. My mom, dad, and grandmother all continued to talk to me, saying so much, so quickly, but all I could do was stare back at them with confusion.

That evening, two of my family’s friends came to visit. I greeted them in Pulaar, and they returned the greeting, but then they said something I didn't understand: "Yufine?"

I nervously stared at them, racking my brain about what they might be asking me. I frantically flipped through my notebook, trying to find this expression. Yufine?, I thought. I don't think we learned that phrase yet!

The friends looked puzzled too, and one of them finally said to me, “You don’t know ‘fine’?!”

OH, “You fine?”! They’re speaking English!!

I had been so focused on trying to understand Pulaar that I didn’t even recognize my own language.

Not long after, I went to take a shower and was happy to have a few minutes to myself. I filled my bucket of water at the well and then retreated to the fenced-in shower area behind my house. A few minutes later, after I had undressed, I heard a rustling around the corner. Instinctively, I crouched down and covered up, afraid that one of my family members was about to walk in on me. I was relieved, yet still somewhat unsettled, a few seconds later to see that it was only two of the family goats, looking for a drink. They quenched their thirst with my shower water and then eventually wandered away.

A few more of these awkward scenarios played out before the day ended, and I was hyper-aware of how far I was out of my comfort zone. I missed my home in Pennsylvania. I missed electricity, my soft bed, and bathroom doors. Even more, I missed being able to communicate with people.

But as the week went on, I started to settle into life with my new family.

My mom, as any good mother would, made sure I was always full, bathed, and had clean clothes to wear. She fed me entire baguettes for breakfast and would send me off to lessons in the morning with a second hot breakfast to-go. She’d always insist that I take a shower as soon as I got home in the evening. She’d brush and braid my hair, before bed and then again in the morning when it would look too messy for her satisfaction; and one afternoon while I was sitting outside with her, she sent me to my room to change clothes and told me that I needed to wash the ones I was wearing.

My mom also helped me study Pulaar. Every evening we fell into the same routine: After dinner, by the light of my (very dim) headlamp, we’d huddle outside around my notebook, and she would teach me new vocabulary. She started with the parts of the body, pointing to each one, giving me the Pulaar equivalent, waiting for me to write it down, and then telling me to repeat it so she could check my pronunciation. By the end of the week, my notebook was full, and I was writing sideways and in any open white space to keep up with her. She went through different food names, family members, greetings, and even animals, which she taught me by making the animal noises.

The language barrier that had initially made me feel so isolated became less important as we continued to find ways to bond without needing to speak. One morning, I asked if I could help her prepare lunch, and she immediately put me to work. She made sure I saw every ingredient she added and kept motioning for me to take notes and pictures so I wouldn’t forget the steps. Every time a neighbor walked by, my mom, beaming with excitement, would boast about how I was helping her cook that day.

Over the course of the week, I also found ways to bond with my other family members. My five-year-old brother, who initially avoided all interactions with me, started to warm up to my presence. One afternoon, he showed up at my bedroom door holding two toy cars. He gave me one and then sat down on the floor and started playing. We played silently for the most part, with the exception of our attempts to imitate car noises, but I could feel the affection building between us.

My sense of love for my new family grew so quickly and so deep. When I was with them, I no longer thought about the amenities I had in the States. I had something much more meaningful here. For the first time in my life, I experienced what it really meant to find a home away from home.

Now, I’m writing this yak post from my cozy bed in Pennsylvania and can’t help but dream about returning to the place that my former self thought was so uncomfortable. As I prepare to start college next week, where there will be new opportunities to pursue and challenges to overcome, I’m reminding myself of the important lesson that I learned from my homestay in Temento: The most meaningful experiences don’t happen in your comfort zone. The most meaningful experiences, rather, are waiting in the unknown and the uncomfortable. They are waiting where there be dragons.

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Waiting in the Unknown

Lizzie Heffern,SUMMER: Senegal

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I’ve spent much of the past ten days processing my month in Senegal; trying to make sense of how I ended up in such a beautiful country, in the arms of the most welcoming hosts, and with the greatest group of co-travelers. I’ve been reflecting on what I want to take away, and there’s one […]

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08/15/17

Author

Lizzie Heffern

Category

SUMMER: Senegal

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The sun sinks behind a 300 year old Mosque, illuminating the perfectly rounded towers. I remember visiting the Mosque during our Muslim week (what seems like ages ago). I stood on the balcony, looking out over the ghats, down at the boats in the Ganga. The city was so different to me back then; it was overwhelming, too foreign to appreciate, too smelly and dirty. Now, one week before we leave, it feels like home, so much so that I think part of me will stay in Varanasi, even when my body is long gone.

We reach the burning Ghat. Six funerals burn before our eyes; six bodies disintegrate into ash that eventually settles in the Holy River. It's hard to look away from the bright fires. I watch from twenty feet away, so close the fire of the cremations heats my skin, but I still feel disconnected from the sorrow and the death. At other times I imagine that the woman burning is my mom or my sister and I wonder if watching their bodies burn would feel like a sacred experience or a cruel one. Maybe both.

We steer past tourist boats and I watch people take pictures of the Ghats with their expensive cameras. Can't they see it's impossible to capture this moment through a lens? I want them to put their cameras down and just enjoy the ride. We take pictures so that in the future we can look back into the past. But what about the now? I've learned that the now is pretty special and it has a lot more to offer than a photograph. How do we live in the now? I think it starts with self awareness. On this journey I've heard many different perspectives on the path to self awareness. Buddhists would say meditate. Hindus might say pray. Krishnamurti says each person must forge their own path and no dogma can lead the way. I don't know what my path is. I'm just here, now, trying to enjoy the ride.

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Benaras

Lauren Cordano,Pre-2017 Selected Yaks

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The sun sinks behind a 300 year old Mosque, illuminating the perfectly rounded towers. I remember visiting the Mosque during our Muslim week (what seems like ages ago). I stood on the balcony, looking out over the ghats, down at the boats in the Ganga. The city was so different to me back then; it […]

Posted On

08/9/17

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Lauren Cordano

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    [post_content] => The group has landed safely at LAX, along with instructors Luke and Marina.

Wishing everyone a safe and smooth final leg of the journey home and happy reunions!

If you are meeting your son or daughter at the airport, please wait outside the exit to Customs in the International Terminal.

-Dragons Administration
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Arrived Safely in LA

Jody Segar,SUMMER: China Silk Road

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The group has landed safely at LAX, along with instructors Luke and Marina. Wishing everyone a safe and smooth final leg of the journey home and happy reunions! If you are meeting your son or daughter at the airport, please wait outside the exit to Customs in the International Terminal. -Dragons Administration

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08/8/17

Author

Jody Segar

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Andrew was the first to go a couple of weeks ago when his journey parted from the journey of the rest of the group. We wish him joy, belonging, and growth.
Next, during the student-led section of the trip, Joanna departed to prepare for college, which she begins in just under two weeks. We wish her knowledge, comaraderie, and meaningful work.
In the early morning today, Gali departed, headed back to Israel after a short layover in Beijing during which she hopes to see and climb Great Wall. We wish her confidence, belonging, and further challenges.
Gong separated at the airport on his way back to his home in Yunnan. He wished himself challenge, change, and higher self reliance as he seeks to live in a way that honors his principles.
Finally, the main group boarded the flight to Guangzhou. Piers enjoyed the first coffee of his 30-hour birthday. Others are re-read letters they wrote to their future selves at the beginning of the course. Others napped. Still others wrote personal messages in notebooks (or "yearbooks") that each student will receive. As we wait to depart, we wonder what adventures we are headed into next, and we wonder how we will take the objects, ideas, lessons, and memories we gather on the Silk Road with us into future travels.
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一路平安 Farewell

Instructor Team,SUMMER: China Silk Road

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Andrew was the first to go a couple of weeks ago when his journey parted from the journey of the rest of the group. We wish him joy, belonging, and growth. Next, during the student-led section of the trip, Joanna departed to prepare for college, which she begins in just under two weeks. We wish […]

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08/8/17

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Instructor Team

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    [post_content] => Dear family and friends of China Language 6 students,

We’re thrilled to announce that the student group has arrived in LA safely. Students have their phones and are transferring to onward flights. It’s been an incredible summer and we want to thank parents for all their support.

Best,

Jody
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Arrived in LA!

Eva Vanek,SUMMER: China Language 6-week

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Dear family and friends of China Language 6 students, We’re thrilled to announce that the student group has arrived in LA safely. Students have their phones and are transferring to onward flights. It’s been an incredible summer and we want to thank parents for all their support. Best, Jody

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08/8/17

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Eva Vanek

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    [post_content] => Dear family and friends of Indonesia students,

We're thrilled to announce that the student group has arrived in LA safely. Students have their phones and are transferring to onward flights. It's been an incredible summer and we want to thank parents for all their support.

Best,

Justin
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Arrived in LA

Jody Segar,SUMMER: Indonesia

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Dear family and friends of Indonesia students, We’re thrilled to announce that the student group has arrived in LA safely. Students have their phones and are transferring to onward flights. It’s been an incredible summer and we want to thank parents for all their support. Best, Justin

Posted On

08/8/17

Author

Jody Segar

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    [post_content] => Good news! The group is now in Guangzhou and ready to board their original flight to LA, China Southern #327, which was delayed, allowing them time to catch it.

#327 is now scheduled to depart Guangzhou at 10:40 PM, 8/8 local time and arrive in LA at 9:04 PM, 8/8 local time (about 90 minutes later than their originally scheduled arrival). After reviewing onward travel information from LA (for students) we don't anticipate that the delayed arrival in LA will prevent any students from catching their flights onward and home.

For the most current updates on flights, we recommend: flightaware.com

If you have any urgent travel questions, please call the Dragons Travel Line at 303-921-6078.

Wishing the group a safe arrival in LA and smooth travel onward.

-Dragons Administration
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Group ready to depart in Guangzhou

Jody Segar,SUMMER: China Silk Road

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Good news! The group is now in Guangzhou and ready to board their original flight to LA, China Southern #327, which was delayed, allowing them time to catch it. #327 is now scheduled to depart Guangzhou at 10:40 PM, 8/8 local time and arrive in LA at 9:04 PM, 8/8 local time (about 90 minutes […]

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08/8/17

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Jody Segar

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Arrived to Miami

Instructors,SUMMER: Peru 6-Week

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The group has arrived to Miami, passed through customs, and on their way to connecting travel. Safe arrivals!

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08/8/17

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Instructors

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We're pleased to announce that everyone is back in the US safe and sound after the flight home from Delhi. In recent memory, I think it's safe to say that this has been one of the more remarkable North India programs. We want to thank all parents sincerely for the trust that you put in us; we know there were some times in which you'd love to have heard what was going on in the moment. But we can rest assured the tales will be told. Can't thank you enough.

Best,

Justin
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North India 6 Has Arrived

Admin,SUMMER: North India 6-Week, Uncategorized

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Dear family and friends of North India 6 week students, We’re pleased to announce that everyone is back in the US safe and sound after the flight home from Delhi. In recent memory, I think it’s safe to say that this has been one of the more remarkable North India programs. We want to thank […]

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08/8/17

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