Every Saturday I try to walk to town to get produce and groceries. It is a beautiful and intriguing three mile walk that winds through the outskirt "suburbs" of the city of Yei, South Sudan. Tukals (houses) are usually built in multiples and almost all are surrounded by well trimmed hedges or bushes. Inside the 'living fences' (as they are called here) are clean and tidy compounds swept clean of any trash or leaves. Many have small square patches of low cut grass or an array of flowering plants that burst with color. Neighbors all know one another and there is hum of life as people walk the small paths on their way to work or town or to get water from the neighborhood pump. A loud swarm of tiny kids will move with lightening speed to the side of the road when they see the white people coming. Handshakes and greetings ensue with much vigor and excitement.
I wish I had a picture to show you. The compounds are beautiful - but it feels weird to stop and ask someone if I can take a picture of their house. So for now, the images are trapped in my head.
I do however have a picture of an exciting find from one of my last walks to town. A candy stand - which I have normally walked by without stopping - because my general experiences with candy here has been disappointing. These kids however, upon further inspection had Tootsie Rolls, Sweettarts, a Tootsie Pop, Laffy Taffys AND a box of Nerds (...and soap). The sellers agreed to a quick picture of their shop :)