I think that one of the main things I have learned from living here has been the versatility of everyday objects. I feel like, at home, we tend to associate objects with specialized purposes. We rarely divorce them from each other, so, when we have a new problem to solve, we go and get the object we are supposed to use to solve that problem. Here, it’s not so much an option most of the time, so I’ve learned to divorce the function from the object and repurpose it for new uses. For instance, last night, I spent several hours applying paste from a coffee mug with a butter knife. It was actually very effective.
I also spent several hours reliving the gelatin smell of my synchro days. I don’t even need an ingredient list to tell you that Kenyan paste is not vegan friendly. It was the first time the connection between horses and glue felt real for me.