Today we woke up around 7:15 as breakfast was at 7:30. It was a pretty good breakfast with porridge, bread and omelette, I added the coco powder from the hot chocolate to my porridge to make give it a better taste. The most interesting part for me is that, as we are staying in a convent the breakfast was served to us by a nun. First time in my life for that one.
For the rest of the day we did training, it was a lot like the pre-placement training I spoke about earlier in the blog and I found it just as interesting.
In the training we spoke about the host families, these are the people we are going to be living with over the next few months and our expectations of the trip again getting to know our Nigerian counterparts better.
Today was the first time I tried swallow, and this was for lunch. This is a traditional Nigerian food, and looks like suet and doesn't taste of much, I guess this is for the better as the sauces that come with it make up for the lack in flavour and were delicious.
The highlight for most of the British team was reviving our Nigerian SIM cards. Instead of going to a store on the high street like you would do in England, two men turned up dressed casually with a bag full of sims and asked for our passport and thumb prints. I ended up needing to borrow an earring off one of the girls to get the original sims out. It wasn’t the most legitimate thing but my 3G now works so who cares.
We continued training for the rest of the day, having to draw what we thought our host homes would look like, after learning that the area we are staying is polygamous, I drew my house with four wives and twenty-one children... apparently this isn't as rare as I thought.
Before dinner me and a few of the guys played a little rugby teaching my roommate Tochukwu the basics of rugby. While doing this over one hundred massive fruit bats flew into the air. Honestly these things look like black foxes with leather wings. When I went to dinner I tried yam for the first time, and to be honest it just tasted like potato just a little bit more dry, again this is covered by the sauce and spices. We had fish alongside this, I was a little sceptical of the fish as we are awhile away from the sea but again I was pleasantly surprised it tasted really good! Just to top the night, one of the Nigerian counterparts, Semirah, plated my hair, I liked it, but I'll let you make your own decision on that one.
After the days training these two decided to do a dance for us all, enjoy.