Two Successful Meals
Saturday I was faced with huge disappointments when I took my first trip to the supermarket. I found only about half of the ingredients that I had on my list. I am learning that life here is about making adaptations and being flexible (two things that I am not always the best at). I began to feel discouraged not knowing what or how I would cook for my family. So we ventured out farther and looked harder. In the end we began to find most of what I was looking for or possible substitutes for those things. So far this week we have had two successful meals! Two meals that the whole family would eat made from ingredients I can find here. I am still trying to come up with what our normal lunch and breakfasts will look like, but I still have some time for that. At times I feel like I am learning how to cook all over again and in some ways I am. My parents can attest to how I like to strictly follow recipes. I think living here might change that.
It has been a long week and so we decided to head out the beach for a much needed time of relaxation. The beaches here are beautiful. There was shade, sand, and nice cool ocean water. We swam, explored the beach shore, and just relaxed on a towel. Being here has reminded us of the importance to taking a break. We all came back refreshed, renewed and covered in sand. I am sure by the end of our stay here in Dakar we will be very familiar with the beach.