Thursday, March 29, 2012

The longer we are here, the more gardens we get to see.  This one is out of town a few miles.  Usually there are tomatoes, onions, peppers, potatoes, peanuts, and I am not sure what else.  Yesterday we met a man and his wife when we were out for a walk, who have a farm.  As we walked by his home, the man was outside his wall, and when we greeted each other, he asked if we were Americans.  He looks like he is about our age, and he said during the war in Republic of Congo in 1997, he took his family to America, to Lincoln, Nebraska, where they lived for 10 years.  He and his wife have now moved back here and have a very lovely, large walled parcel with several buildings, some of which are still just bricks, like the one in the background here.  He introduced us to his wife and 2 nephews.  He appears to be financially well established because there was also a nice SUV outside his gate.  He and his wife are going to Lincoln in May to the marriage of one of their 7 children, all of whom live in Nebraska.  He said he is an American citizen now, so maybe we has dual citizenship.  They had a lot of papaya trees in their yard and they gave us two.  We haven't ever eaten one.  They told us how to eat them and when they ripen in another day or so, we will try them.  They are sold at almost every booth along the streets and seem to be one of the staples of diet here.  They asked us to stop and visit them again and we told them we would like to do that, and that after we are settled into our new place, we would like them to come and visit us, also.  It was really wonderful to meet them and we hope we can become friends.

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