Friday, July 6, 2012

THE WEEKEND: Saturday and Sunday

June 30-July 1
Friday afternoon we killed one of our ducks.  Liz had that on her Paraguay bucket list and we were happy to oblige.  I’ve seen lots of ducks being killed and I have to admit, this was one of the more traumatic ones.  Drew wanted to kill it and I don’t think he knew what he was first.  But after a lot of yelling (mainly from us girls), Drew caught the half broken neck duck again and finally put it out of its misery.  We cooked him (the duck, not Drew) and sampled together.

As if seeing the duck butchering wasn’t enough, we got up at 5:00am the following morning and headed to a (cow) slaughter house.  I’ve never visited one in the states, but I imagine that they have a better way of corralling the animal in to position than throwing dirt clumps and poking sticks in hopes of running it into a hole in the fence.  I imagine that in the U.S., there aren’t dogs and pigs waiting in the slaughter house to lick up blood and bowel products which freely run.  And I imagine that in the U.S., the blood and bowel products aren’t covering every inch the slaughter house floor, a centimeter deep, and that the workers aren’t sloshing around barefooted.  It was an interesting (non-sanitary) experience to say the least.  While walking home Micah said, “I don’t ever want to eat cow again.” 

 carrying the meat out
 cow feet
cow head
Some stuff the meat into their car trunk
Some come to buy fresh meat

The students played soccer Saturday afternoon and attended youth group (where volleyball and a devo was involved).  Andy found himself at our house just at the right time to sew up a knee. 

Sunday was the students’ last full day in San Francisco.  They attended church, played volleyball, spent time with their host families, helped watch my children while we went to Bible study and said their good-byes to those they got close to over the last month.

 Liz's host family
 Austin's host family
Drew's host mom wrote him name in chipa!
 Drew's host brother
makin' pizza
 sights of San Francisco
 Gracie milking a cow

Grinding corn
 sights of San Francisco

youth meeting

 Tara's host family

Yummy citrus season

Micah...wears his bathing suit and boots everyday

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