Next day, in the morning, we burnt holes in plastic bottles for watering and containing plants. That day, we mainly did gardening. People in Gwexintaba only eat 5 different vegetables during their life. They rarely eat meat, except on special occasions like ceremonies where they will exceptionally slaughter a cow or a goat and eat it. The following day, we painted the local school, which was good fun. During the afternoon, we went to a river to wash, and not 30m further than where we washed there was a waterfall of 144m high (we were at the top of it). We then walked to a mud brick shop where they sold only bread, milk and beer (especially beer). If you didn’t know it was a shop, you couldn’t guess it. On our way back, we went to one of their parties, in a mud hut (mud huts are very hot). The party consisted in talking and sharing drinks. This was great fun. That night, we had a delicious chimney meal (cooked in a chimney). With what we had, we managed to make very nice meals, mixing many things together. To make those meals, we could only use food that would remain good for a long time as there was no fridge, seeing there was no electricity in the village (and no running water).
Next day, we painted the school again. The last day, we didn’t do much, except play with te children again. This was also fun. At night, the children played the guitar and improvised drums. We all joined in and had great fun. On Saturday, we left. This was a wonderful experience, and I advise you to try. I forgot to say, but during that time we also made beautiful leather “pois” (Louis had given us the leather and shown us how to make them). Pois are a wonderful game that you can take anywhere.
In this village, money is sparse and not really needed. They still live as they lived before when they had no money. They have mud houses (mud being free, they don’t need money or help to make their house), gardens where they grow their 5 vegetables. They also brew their own beer and cook on fires.
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