Thursday, March 5, 2009


Lila's travels

Just a few new pictures.

Last night my homestay family was so sweet. I got home and immediately Tina & her friend run up to me and give me huge hugs. As soon as I put my bags down they started braiding my hair,which they did until I ate dinner. In the evening Mama was telling me how I'm really family to them,I'm like her other daughter. I'm a lot more attached to my family than I thought I was going to be, not that I thought I wouldn't be,but I didn't think I was going to be so sad to leave them. I'm excited that we get to stay with them for another 2 nights at the end of March and that when my parents come to visit (!!) they'll get to meet my Langa family. This morning Mama told me how unhappy she was that this was my last night.

Today class was a bit interesting...Shane led a "processing" session for us to talk about what we've done this past month. It drove me crazy,there were so many things wrong with it. I'll have to write about that later though,I need to think over it a bit. But one thing that I can talk about is that I confronted him about the briefing session we had on Tuesday where he like completely ignored Nomawethu when talking about our rural homestay. I told him I had some constructive criticism and that I thought we would be better served if she had done it because she has local knowledge of the area, she knows the people, not to mention she's coming with us to the Eastern Cape and he isn't. Once I said that he just looked at me and said "okay", that was it. Grrrr. He doesn't take constructive criticism well at all but I'd like to try to make some change,because it is making this program much more difficult than it should be.

Anyway,we leave tomorrow for the Eastern Cape. Should be interesting...


  1. Veh!

    GOOD FOR YOU, Lila. This program needed you to some along and help them make it richer! Yeah Lila! You Go Girl!

  2. I miss you. Lots. I don't miss Portland so much but I do feel lonely without my nifty little circle of friends.

    But this is an incredible city.

    I'm glad you're doing well and that you love your family. Also, those quotes (in a previous post, I'm too lazy to find it) are wonderful.

  3. Wow! Betsy and Jeff are going to SA! I'm emailing her tonight. How cool. Really glad they'll get to meet Mama and her family, and thrilled the connection has been so good. Reminds me of how much we love Cory.

  4. Lila,

    I so envy your love of life and your ability to jump in and take action.

    You are an amazing beautiful person from whom many people will benefit.

    Keep helps us mortals find hope in our day to day lives.