I've finally gotten settled into my abode in Senegal, so I'd like to share a few thoughts. It's half past ten right now, and this is my second day here.

  • It's not Paris, but some aspects of the culture is very Parisian. For instance, people really take their time. Just like in Paris, this is unsettling to my American sensibilities. I feel I need to be doing something at all times! Hopefully, I'll get over that feeling.
  • Next week is Tabaski! There are all these sheep around who will probably be gone by the end of next week. It's really unfortunate for the sheep, but it's a very important holiday not to be missed.
  • Yes, Virginia, there are well-off Africans. My host family has a nice house and two maids with the ability to have bottled water and electricity. In the states, their lifestyle would be considered rich.
  • My room is bigger than the hotel room in Paris, which is nice.
  • The school I'm going to is nice, but I haven't been there long enough to have an opinion.

And that's all I can process right now! I really think, finally, that it's going to be just fine. Wish me luck!