"But just as you excel in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us—see that you also excel in this grace of giving." 2Corinthians 8:11

Saturday, May 22, 2010

This is "LEGIT"!

I woke up feeling a ton better and refreshed this morning! We ate a typical Leonard breakfast and then headed to the market in Choma (45 minutes away). We visited an art museum first that contained a lot of nice crafts and art work. There was also a gift shop within the museum so naturally we all had to make a few purchases. After buying a few things we walked through the art gallery which had a whole hallway of Elle Hamby's work, which is the lady that lives a few houses down and where we eat all of our meals. She is extremely talented with the camera!
Meanwhile B.Weave went across the street to get us lunch: fried chicken, fries, oranges, cookies, DIET COKE, and water. She did fabulous at setting up our picnic that we then ate outside the Choma museum. The weather here is amazing; we have blue sky's, the sun is shining and we always have a slight breeze = perfection!

Next we headed to the market which was an experience for sure. There were a ton of hut-like stands set up all over the roads with people trying to sell various items ranging from tin cans to tube socks. I had my list ready and knew exactly what I was looking for (bracelets, chitenges, world cup shirts, and possibly a machete (yes, I wanted a machete).

Choma Market

I was really wanting to put my bartering skills to practice, by trading pens/hair ties for something in the market, but I am not very aggressive and obviously I don't have what it takes! However, after purchasing more chitenges I finally was able to barter with a man at the market. Rach and I each traded 5 hair ties and three pens for machetes, no big deal! We walked away proud :)

After another fabulous dinner by Leonard, we headed over to Ms. Mono's house to show her our chitenge fabrics for her to make us dresses and aprons. I walked out with ordering 6 aprons and 1 dress plus I bought another one of her bags on the spot (couldn't resist!), Rachel ordered 3 aprons, and Lacey ordered 6 aprons and a dress too plus she bought 2 more bags. If you can't tell Ms. Mono is pretty awesome with what she does!


  1. I applaud the purchase of the machete. Make sure you declare it when you go through customs.

  2. I'm glad to read that you are feeling better!!!