Sometimes a dish will show up for lunch bearing a little handwritten note from the cooks: “viande de chasse.” This could be anything, but is usually some kind of gazelle. Or so I’m told. It’s very chewy.
According to Eric, the local boa constrictor is tasty, but it gave him a fever the first time he ate it.
Nurse Maartje (who is mostly vegetarian) says that if I go to the market I will stop eating meat. I have not been yet.
Maartje also claimed that she saw an elephant on one of the mobile clinic trips. Big boss Leonie claims that Maartje is pulling my leg, but it could be that Leonie’s jealous at not having seen an elephant yet.
So far I have seen some extremely large spiders, a little green snake, and wide-bodied flying insects that seem to defy the laws of aerodynamics. Also some very burly cockroaches.
We go through several large bottles of local honey every month. Dr. Ahmed eats it on everything; he claims it’s good for your immune system. Sometimes you have to fish out dead bees, or bits of bees. The honey is that fresh.
I seem to recall a National Geographic special on honey harvesting in Africa. I think it involves climbing a very tall tree with a bundle of burning leaves in your mouth. If you get stung you have to focus on holding onto the tree. Falling a hundred feet would probably hurt a lot more.