Goat Slaughter

Trip Start Feb 14, 2006
Trip End Apr 06, 2008

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Saturday, October 14, 2006

Hello Family and Friends!
Hope everyone is doing well and is happy and healthy. I am here in Santiago for a despedida, or going away party, for five volunteers who are finishing up their service and heading home. It is hard to believe that my own despedida won't be taking place until May of 2008! Sometimes time here seems to fly, and other times it seems to be creeping by ever so slowly. But I do try to enjoy things in the moment and take them as they come day by day. I think that is the key to surviving Peace Corps life. So, to explain the title of this entry . . . the main dish at the despedida is going to be curry goat meat, and yours truly helped in the butchering of the dead goat. A friend of mine killed the goat yesterday morning in his campo and brought the two halves of the goat carcass to Santiago, where I assisted in butchering the goat into manageable sized pieces. Butchering is actually pretty hard work, especially when you don't really have the proper tools and knives to do it, and finally we had to ask the Haitians next door to finish up the job with their machetes. So hopefully tonight I will be feasting on delicious goat meat and not come down with food poisoning, as the goat went unrefrigerated for the better part of the day in the course of transportation and butchering. In other news, I think I have ringworm. Gross, I know. I have some mysterious red spots on my right upper arm and around my armpit. Time to break out the anti-fungal cream so helpfully included in the Peace Corps medical kit. Funny how things that used to freak me out are now completely routine and uneventful, for example butchering animals and skin infections!
Well, my computer time is dwindling so I am going to cut this off but before I do have a request to send out. A lot of you have asked me if there is anything you can send me, and I finally have an idea for you. Every year Peace Corps DR puts on a big thanksgiving dinner for all of the volunteers, and I am a member of the stuffing and cranberry sauce committee. The ingredients to make stuffing and cranberry sauce are expensive and hard to come by in the DR, so we are soliciting donations from home. If anyone wants to, I would be thrilled to take donations of boxed stuffing or canned cranberry sauce. Thanksgiving is going to be here before we know it, so if you are interested you would have to mail the donations off pretty quickly. If you are able to help out please let me know how many boxes or cans I can expect, and I will add that to my list. The mailing addresses are as follows :

For UPS, DHL, or FedEx

Margaret Kirlin, PCV
Cuerpo de Paz
451 Avenida Bolivar
Santo Domingo
Republica Dominicana

For US Postal Service

Margaret Kirlin, PCV
Apartado 1412
Santo Domingo
Republica Dominicana

Thanks so much! Miss you all and will write more soon.

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mazendorf on

great entry , wish there were some pics too

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