So far I have been pretty lucky in that I have been able to celebrate American holidays while here in Lesotho.
Halloween was during training so we got to throw a Halloween party with costumes, candy and pumpkin carving.therw was plan for a scary movie viewing but am empty generator killed those plans.
For thanksgiving we were lucky enough to be invited to our country director’s house for a full thanksgiving meal, lots of turkey included! It poured the whole time bit that didn’t affect us much. It was a wonderful meal. Our training group was there and we also got to meet the healthy youth group of volunteers who arrived in country in June.
Christmas came a week after we had all moved to site. But a large group of us met in Butha-buthe for Christmas celebrations.
About 30 of us rented out 2 houses by the Liphofung caves. The houses were unfurnished except for a few mattress pads. But the houses had a full kitchen, water and electricity so we were all happy!
We had gift giving and candy canes as well as new traditions like a very fresh Christmas dinner. Two chickens were slaughtered and cooked for dinner. I did not volunteer to do the deed, watching it was enough for me.
For new year’s I ventured to Mokhotlong which is up in the mountains here in Lesotho. It was a long bumpy taxi ride but the views were incredible.
I rang in the new year with friends new and old, a braai, and a bonfire.
I miss home and my family and friends at home during the holidays but my peace corps family is pretty amazing too and I am happy to be able to celebrate with them.
Cheers to 2015! Let’s see what the new year has in store!