The banana eatersOne of the challenges Odysseus has to contend with in Homer’s Odyssey is an encounter with the lotus eaters – harmless people on an African island rendered apathetic and sleepy through the consumption of narcotic lotus fruits and flowers. Could the opposite of lotus eaters be banana eaters, I wonder? In any case, at the beginning of a long walk in blustery conditions we met these three young people, each in the process of eating a banana as they walked energetically into the wind. It was such a comical scene, as they acknowledged, that they graciously allowed me to take my little picture.