Mission Picture

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

 With an average rainfall of 200", Liberia is a wet, swampy land.  The rainy season has barely begun and we have had a few really drenching tropical rainstorms.  Somehow, the Monrovia city planners failed to provide a way for the rainwater to drain off many of the city streets.  The first three photos are of an industrial street on Bushrod Island.  A two lane street with a parking strip has been reduced to one lane that has a few inches of standing water on it.
With some of the rainstorms, we have really spectacular lightning shows.  Monrovia is a coastal city so it gets considerably more rain than does the interior of Liberia.

 The rain reduces the number of motorcycles on the streets but doesn't eliminate them.  Some riders have attached umbrellas to their bikes and some of the umbrellas have been enlarged on the back so as to cover the passenger.  They ride slower so the umbrellas don't collapse.  Pretty clever really. 
The above three-way intersection is at the bottom of a hill, so the water from all three streets collects here and gets pretty deep.  There is probably a storm drain nearby but it is also probably filled with sand. 
Who needs a swimming  pool when you have a storm gutter in front of your parents store.  These kids were as excited and as happy as any we've seen here.  As you can see, clothing is optional in this game.  April wanted to join them and it took all my powers of persuasion to keep her in the car. 

Friday, June 6, 2014

This post is about food. Many of you have asked what we eat so here are pictures of some foods that we eat and some foods that are available that we don't eat. Rice is a staple here and they eat it with most every meal. They like to put Pepe on their rice but it is too hot for us (Elder Dever eats it in small amounts). We are right on the ocean so fresh fish is available. We can get most any kind of food in the grocery but it is very expensive (40 ounce jar of peanut butter $15.00) and they are brands we have never heard of so it is hit and miss as far as getting something we are familiar with. We buy fresh fruits (pineapples, mangoes, bananas, papayas, avocados, etc.) and vegetables at fruit markets. We miss lettuce but now eat cabbage instead. We have tried some new foods and are enjoying bread fruit, mangosteens, potato greens, soursop etc. Some foods that we see on the streets are unrecognizable. You can buy raw chicken feet and lots of different looking stuff with hair on it like bats, wild monkey meat, gophers, etc. We don't eat those. There are fresh doughnuts and popcorn balls in wheelbarrows or on someone's head everywhere. We make yummy fresh coconut milk by using the water and meat from the coconut, adding hot water and blending thoroughly. Then strain through a cloth and the liquid is wonderful coconut milk, much better than you can buy. We also eat the coconut meat and it is delicious! We miss hamburgers, lettuce,  good apples, Ritz crackers, sour cream and Adams old fashioned peanut butter but we are actually eating pretty healthy here.
Our favorite bakery

I don't know what this is.

Bread Fruit

Our favorite fruit stand

Fresh doughnuts

Ice cream truck

Pineapples are delicious here
Not so fresh fish

Fresh fish

Smoked fish
We don't eat this

Banana delivery service

We don't eat these
Very fresh chicken

Fresh coconut meat