Today we began the celebration of Eid ul-Fitr, which is the feast day marking the end of Ramadan. Well, I say ‘we’ began the celebration, but really I didn’t celebrate anything. It’s the national staff members that are now on holiday until Monday and the Muslims in the community that are celebrating. Technically we internationals did have a holiday today, but we worked anyway. What was I going to do, sit around eating beans all day? I worked, took a long lunch break to read a bit, and went back into work. It was a nice and easy day on my side. The medical staff in the hospital, on the other hand, is quite busy. Our pediatric ward has been crazy full with cases of malaria. It comes with the rains. Those staff members don’t get to enjoy this long holiday.
Ironically enough today, as the Muslims end their fast, I was really hungry. The woman who usually cooks our lunch and dinner had the day off of course. Also Mohammed’s small shop between the office and the house was closed, so I only had a piece of bread for breakfast before finding a small shop open in the market this evening where I bought some crackers. Luckily when I arrived home I found that our Field Coordinator Grigor had sought out some food and cooked a nice meal for us, including his famous beans*.
The downside of this holiday is the delay of some of the works around the hospital that I would have had going on; the roof for the new kitchen, windows for the new laundry area, latrine construction, lots of digging- so much digging has to happen. I should write a post on the digging later. Whatever though, the delay is not a big deal. The upside is that I have time to do some of the administrative stuff that has to happen this week; reporting, budgeting, etc.
*Beans, so much about beans, where to begin? Actually, over dinner last night I was talking about how I hadn’t been a big eater of beans until I came here. Now I love them. That’s #realtalk. It’s a funny topic in the house though as some people aren’t really into beans while others… are bean pushers. Is that fair? I don’t know, but when we have visitors from the capital they are always treated to stories and debates about ‘the bean incidents.’ I could write a whole post about beans. But will I?