Rondavel Huts, Lesotho
Visiting this Basotho home was quite special. We entered a mother's rondavel (asking permission first by saying "Roko?") where two of her kids also joined us. There we learned a bit about the businesses she had built inside her home for the consumption of the local shepherds and occasional tourists. We all tried a sip of one of her homemade beers. It was a thick white pasty color and tasted of very strong yeast. It was actually quite nasty, but apparently it is popular in Lesotho. We also tried bread that she baked in her cow dung oven. Yes, that's right, a cow dung oven. There is cow dung on the ground that acts like hot coals under a big metal pot where the bread is kept warm, and then a cover which has additional cow dung coals on top of it. Surprisingly, the bread from this oven was incredible, and we all bought a piece after trying a few bites.