Live from camp: Shopping for locally grown food and making dinner


6/25/11: Day 7 of camp

Hi! Hola! Guten Tag! Bonjour!

Yeah, lame start but who cares?

After hearing my phone shriek in my ear to wake up Saturday morning, I regretted going to sleep at 2 a.m. I sucked it up and ran to the Grill to down some French Vanilla Cappuccino. I decided to volunteer to go to the Farmers’ Market in St. Paul with Lynda and a couple other students. Not only was it nice to see all those veggies, we saw horses and asked the Jerky Lady — who sells homemade beef jerky — to dance the jerk!

We collected onions, strawberries, cheese and a bunch of other stuff to make dinner for everyone with locally grown food. Lynda wanted to go to Lund’s to buy angel food cake for the strawberries and off we went on another adventure. Of course when we arrived at Lund’s, we lost Lynda. One of my brilliant (and sad) ideas came to my mind. I wandered up to one of the workers and told him my aunt (Lynda) was missing and I needed to find her right now. They called her name on the speakers but of course, she didn’t hear. Brilliant yet sad idea was a…. failure.

We headed to the Dining Hall kitchen and met Chef Carlos who was going to help us cook dinner for everyone. We chopped the onions, cheese and even someone’s finger. I can’t mention whose finger because what happens in the kitchen stays in the kitchen.

We cranked up the music and Jada and I fist pumped and danced around the kitchen.

Today like every day at this camp, I’m left speechless because of how much fun I’m having. I’m excited to get up because I know this day will be different and more exciting than the next.

I’m glad to be here not only to get the opportunity to learn journalism but to make new friends and memories that will last forever.

- Zamzam Abdirahman, Intermediate Camp ’11

Zamzam Abdirahman