My latest “Diary of a Travel-Diva” article is live! Read the excerpt below to find out how I managed to start a fire in Kenya last fall.
Well, it was time for me to get to work. I watched my tutor show me how to push down and stir the ugali. It took just about all of my strength to stir the heavy mass of grounded corn and water. I was given a cloth to help me turn the hot pot and the wooden spoon helped me press down the dish over the open fire. Just when I thought I had gotten the hang of it, someone screamed, “It’s burning! It’s burning!” Being new to this ugali business, I held the cloth too far down and it quickly caught on fire! They all laughed as I began to smack the cloth against the brick wall—trying to put out the fire. After a corner of the cloth was burnt to a crisp, the helper took over and completely quieted the flame. By that time, we were all laughing. The young lady said something in Swahili that made everyone roar with laughter. I was puzzled and asked for a translation. Apparently she said, “Now it’s time for someone with some strength to finish this.” I couldn’t help but burst out in laughter too. The young helper was smaller than me, but she demonstrated a lot more strength for that task. She finished stirring the ugali until it was ready to be served. – See more at: http://www.gospeltoday.com/blog/2015/02/21/dont-burn-down-the-house/#sthash.n24mUPUM.dpuf