I am now in Senegal, and while I have only been here for a few days, a lot has been coming to mind that I would like to share. Like my last post about my time in Paris, I'm just going to freeball it because I suppose I'm too impatient for a complex article.Anyway, here goes!
- It's not Paris, but the culture is very Parisian. People really take their time.Just like in Paris, the slow pace at time felt unnerving to my American sensibilities. I felt, while waiting, that I should be doing something.
- Next week is Tabaski,and there are all these sheep (that look like the western idea of a goat) around. Once the festival starts, they'll all probably be eaten. While it's unfortunate for the sheep, the promise of fresh meat from corpse to skillet sounds nice.
- Yes, Virginia, there are well-off Africans. I happen to live with a family that lives a life many would consider rich in the states. The room I am staying in is bigger than the apartment in Paris, and I get to go on the balcony and see what's up.They have two maids and I think a nephew who helps out around the house and drives us(more on that later) to where we need to go.
- I am very fortunate to be in a place with another American, especially one who speaks better French than me. She is really nice, and has been around for a little bit longer, so she knows all about the area.
- It's as hot as a New Jersey summer, which I guess I can handle, but it's a bit of a shock when it's been a New Jersey autumn for the past few months.
- The school I'm going to is nice, but I haven't been there long enough to have an opinion about it.
- I don't like the taste of fish, so some meals are going to be difficult. Luckily, everything else has been pretty damn tasty.
- My french is getting a little better the more I talk, and I'm starting to get comfortable with the words I already know. I can't wait to start taking classes today at 2. (it is now a little after ten over here)
I feel that I can definitely do this! Wish me luck!