Friday, 21 September 2012

Pig Day..

So this is the Pig Roast we had mentioned last time.....

This poor little piggy had been raised by a family in the congregation, the day of the roast they walked it to the house of the family who bought it and that same morning they killed it for the roast, (as the Kingdom Hall is only meters from where the visiting brothers were preparing it, everyone heard its last squeal during paragraph 13 of the Watchtower - very dramatic!).  Katherine felt really bad thinking about the poor little pig but we were quickly told the pig was not very nice so then we felt much better about eating it... not that we're vengeful or anything!

Here in Ecuador, they blow torch the pig, that's right - Blow Torch - until the skin is crispy, it takes a few hours, therefore every so often they stop and with a knife scrape the slightly charred bits of the skin (the burnt fat) and then go again..... After this is done they stop the cooking process, cut the skin into strips and peel it off the pig (interestingly, the fat stays on the pig) and serve the crispy skin with a potato salad, mote and of course chilli, its delicious!

After everyone has eaten, they cut off the fatty bits of the pig and place it in a tub, then they cut the pig into sections, ribs, legs and cook them in a variety of different ways. Our favorite was the ribs, they smoked them and then BBQ'd them.... Wow, the taste was incredible.....

The next day they invited us back for dinner again and ate some more, I think we are half pig ourselves now!

During all the pig eating we finally found ourselves a place to live and we are now living in our new home. This past week has been busy, buying furniture, appliances and cleaning our apartment, its brand new and quite secure, Jehovah really looked after us.

We ended up having our furniture made, turned out cheaper than buying what was available, so we should get it in 3 weeks, for now its pretty empty and still echos in here... we have no curtains so everyone can see in, thankfully we are quite high up, but we had a guy come out and measure our windows to have the curtains made too.  So hopefully we should have some privacy in 2 weeks...haha

Since this is a brand new building, they are still separating the water for each apartment.  We don't have an apartment number nor a building number so it's hard to explain to people where we live, just a street name and rough description.

There is no letter box, so we will have to get a post office box for our mail. The rubbish collections happens every couple of days, as the rubbish truck goes by driving slowly there are three guys running to each gate collecting the rubbish bags and racing back to drop them into the rubbish truck... talk about chasing after trash, they work hard!

Tomorrow is our first day witnessing, hope we can get to it, a lot of streets do not have a numbering system and can become really hard to find them.... it's truly an adventure living here... We asked the landlord today about a loud bang we kept hearing, sounded like shootings, but he laughed and said  it was fire crackers, that's how the local church lets the people know the ceremony is about to start... What ever happened to the bells???...

Speaking of bells... were still not officially married here - paperwork is on its way though...