Some of us…

Today a bunch of us took a bus to the nearest mall in Coralville (Iowa City is quite small with few inner city shops). Mostly students on board escaping the university confines, but a few interesting locals including a guy with bad breath who want to talk to me as we lurched along.I couldn’t understand a word he said and pretended to be deaf.
Those who came along were Mary Nazareth (our diminutive Camp Mother: she’s from Goa, via Uganda); TJ from Botswana; Frederico from Argentina; Luis from Uruguay; Mohib from Afghanistan and Yahgoub from Iran. Barlen from Mauritius and Mattias from Chile bailed out at the bus stop and went off to buy their grog for the night’s party elsewhere, locally.
It isn’t easy to just wander down to the local supermarket and buy supplies (breakfast is provided, but you are responsible for the other meals, and there is nowhere to cook in your room). I’m scratching my head a bit, as I don’t want to eat out every night and the cafe in the student hotel where we are living until mid-November has only one restaurant serving mostly meat and cereal type food.

Mary and TJ in the front, Frederica and Luis behind, left, Mohib and Yahgoub next right and Mattias (obscured) with Barleen.


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2 Responses to Some of us…

  1. Penelope says:

    I guess you will’ve found the whole foods co-op by now, on the other side of town — perhaps 1.5 km from the hostel? Excellent food and plenty that’s already cooked. I would’ve hoped they’d have figured out a common kitchen arrangement by now — which would be the perfect place to meet and mingle. Have enjoyed perusing your Iowa blogs. All the best for those rich months.

  2. paparoa says:

    Hi Penelope. Yes, indeed, we have been to the Co-op and the Farmers’ Market nearby Wednesdays and Saturdays, and sampled the goodies. Writers now are accommodated in the Iowa House Hotel, so while we have some hotel facilities in our rooms, it is not a hostel and they are not likely to provide communal kitchen arrangements, as they want you to eat in their restaurant. We’ll get by: some eat out a lot (expensive, bad for the diet); others compromise in ways unknown to me. Thanks for visiting Paparoa.

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