Travel Blogs from Azove, Benin

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Entrepreneurs, Azove, Benin travel blog

Entrepreneurs

A travel blog entry by jacerabe

... i am working with them as a consultant to see how we can improve their businesses i am loving it joined a church here in azove the preacher trnslates the message in french for me from the local languages of fon, dendi, and adja i am very happy Oh get ...

VOODOO!!!, Azove, Benin travel blog

VOODOO!!!

A travel blog entry by jacerabe

... your maps out, here it goes. Drum roll please..... the name of the town is Pobe. It is on the east side of Benin about one mile from Nigeria. I will be working with entrepreneurs there along with, specifically, a large palm oil company that is hoping ...

Entrepreneurs, Azove, Benin travel blog

Entrepreneurs

A travel blog entry by jacerabe

... i am working with them as a consultant to see how we can improve their businesses i am loving it joined a church here in azove the preacher trnslates the message in french for me from the local languages of fon, dendi, and adja i am very happy Oh get ...

life in azove, Azove, Benin travel blog

life in azove

A travel blog entry by jacerabe

... i had to take a bush taxi to a small town named dogbo. I left off with my last post with great anticipation of going to azove to meet and stay w my host family. Azove is a town to the west of cotonou about six miles from togo border. All the business ...

Exam day, Azove, Benin travel blog

Exam day

A travel blog entry by jensblog

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Today was the language exam...The exam is an oral one, where somebody unrelated to PC comes in and asks us questions. The conversation is recorded and then listened/reviewed by a group of people who then decide on a "grade". My tester wasn't very clear ...

Just another day, Azove, Benin travel blog

Just another day

A travel blog entry by jensblog

Breakfast: Eggs (which are not as good as USA's eggs, but they are bareable), with (Take a guess...) tomatoes, peppers, and onions. No tofu like cheese this meal though, YIPPIE! Language class all morning. Lunch: fried yam strips, with GUESS ...

Dinner chez-moi, Azove, Benin travel blog

Dinner chez-moi

A travel blog entry by jensblog

Language class and then a Health session in the morning-received another shot, Tetnus #2, I think. Lunch: non-American style Spaghetti w/2 eggs (ever since I said I didn't like the gross cheese, I get 2 eggs with every meal now). Spaghetti here ...

Meeting my Homologue, Azove, Benin travel blog

Meeting my Homologue

A travel blog entry by jensblog

... with their hands....electricians, mechanics, tailors, sculptors, carpenters, hair dresses, etc.). She grew up in Ivory Cost, and moved back to Benin 7 years ago. She seems ambitious and excited to be having me work with her. I hope I can live up to her ...

A normal day, Azove, Benin travel blog

A normal day

A travel blog entry by jensblog

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And yet another "normal" day: 8am: Language class 10:30am: Health session, no shots today...yippie 12pm: Lunch break 3pm: Culture class 4pm: TDA preperation (aka, lesson planning for Friday's teaching session) 6pm: Tutoring 7pm: Dinner time, ...

Re-tressing, Azove, Benin travel blog

Re-tressing

A travel blog entry by jensblog

Breakfast was homemade tapioca (obviously homemade, it's not like they can go to Wal-Mart and get the Jell-O brand kind...). They found out I like tapioca, so I get it about every other day. Yummy! It's interesting to finally find out what the little ...

A Miracle Tree!, Azove, Benin travel blog

A Miracle Tree!

A travel blog entry by jensblog

Boring morning class sessions.....language, computer usage rules at the PC Bureau, and how to use the Library in the PC Bureau. During my lunch break, I showed Tante my dress design for the Swear-In ceremony. She gave me the impression that she is ...

Ordination Day, Azove, Benin travel blog

Ordination Day

A travel blog entry by jensblog

Maman, Papa, Tante and I went to a church in a neighboring city this morning. It was the Ordination Service for 7 new Catholic Priests. The service was done in 2 local languages, Adjah and Minah, so I didn't understand much of it. The people were all ...

Polygamy in Benin, Azove, Benin travel blog

Polygamy in Benin

A travel blog entry by jensblog

... She's 9, and I think she looks average for a 9 yr old. I learned today that Grand-pere has 2 wives. (This is very common in Benin.) He has 3 kids with the wife I thought lived here, and he has 8 kids with the other wife. Papa and Tante and 2 of the ...

A FanMilk Full Day, Azove, Benin travel blog

A FanMilk Full Day

A travel blog entry by jensblog

8-10am: language class 10-10:30: a short break at the omelet stand; only I had a FanMilk instead...yum, frozen ice cream-like stuff. 10:30-11:30: GAD-Gender and Development...basically, how we can raise awareness in our communities that women can do ...

More bike repairs..., Azove, Benin travel blog

More bike repairs...

A travel blog entry by jensblog

This morning on my way to class, I got a flat tire! Sucky. My tire had been acting/feeling a bit odd lately when I had been riding it, but I never got around to looking at it to see what the problem was. This morning though, it was totally flat. ...

Another great start to my day..., Azove, Benin travel blog

Another great start to my day...

A travel blog entry by jensblog

Instead of a flat tire today, my water bottle wasn't closed tightly in my bike bag...it was in the same bag as all of my folders, books, and camera. Luckily my camera didn't get wet, but my papers were SOAKED. When I put the water bottle in my bag, I ...

Swear-In Tissue!, Azove, Benin travel blog

Swear-In Tissue!

A travel blog entry by jensblog

Today @ Stage was pretty normal: Language, Cross-Culture, lunch, and TDA processing & simulation. When we came back from lunch break, the "tissue committee" had put the tissue (fabric) they picked out for Swear-In on everyone's chairs. It's looks ...

Breakfast @ Dinner, Azove, Benin travel blog

Breakfast @ Dinner

A travel blog entry by jensblog

Language class, and then a Health session-the electricity was cut though, so we had a delay from watching the AIDS and Rape videos. The Dr. made us stick around though just in case the electricity came back on. Eventually it did come back, so we ...

A slough-off day, Azove, Benin travel blog

A slough-off day

A travel blog entry by jensblog

No more language classes-yea! (Actually, I'm not sure that I'm happy or not...there's still so much to learn; I'm definitely not fluent.) There was a waste of time Cross-Culture text and Technical test this morning. After that the Environment and ...

Christmas Eve with the Family, Azove, Benin travel blog

Christmas Eve with the Family

A travel blog entry by jensblog

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... Simple things can make a wonderful Christmas gift. This Christmas night we are happy to be together as a family and to be able to spend this special night with Jen's Benin family. We wish all of our family and friends back home a very Merry ...

Mail is fun!, Azove, Benin travel blog

Mail is fun!

A travel blog entry by jensblog

I received 2 packages from my family today!! She had made photo CD's of Tanya and Marquel's wedding and my going away party. I also received pot holders (very handy), sticky notes, folders, key chains, maps of the US and World, non-parishable food, a ...

Rain, rain go away..., Azove, Benin travel blog

Rain, rain go away...

A travel blog entry by jensblog

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Started packing my things this morning before going to meet everyone at Pascal's omelet stand at 11:30 for brunch. After eating, Pascal took Charles and I silverware shopping. We were looking for the stainless steal plates/bowls/cups that seem to be so ...

Just another day., Azove, Benin travel blog

Just another day.

A travel blog entry by jensblog

Had training in HIV/AIDS this morning. PC would like Volunteers to teach their communities about the sickness. After lunch we had our Accounting TDA session. It's such a broad topic that I feel we didn't do a good job teaching it in the 2 hours we ...

Cooking chez-moi, Azove, Benin travel blog

Cooking chez-moi

A travel blog entry by jensblog

TDA preperation, Peer Support Network informative session, TDA Session (the actual teaching), & then Cooking Class at my house with ALL of the Stagieres....Everyone came to my house to begin the preparaton of tomorrow's meal. They (NOT me) killed 7 ...

Voodoo demonstration, Azove, Benin travel blog

Voodoo demonstration

A travel blog entry by jensblog

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Cross Culture class was actually interesting today. We had a guest speaker, a Medicine Man. He did a demonstration using a chicken; I think it's some sort of Voodoo thing. Someone had to tell the chicken a secret message. It was supposed to take ...

The next 2 years of my life..., Azove, Benin travel blog

The next 2 years of my life...

A travel blog entry by jensblog

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... 's a city about an hour and a half from Cotonou. It's located on the "goudrone", the main highway that goes north and south in Benin. Since it's on the main highway, it has access to a lot of goods for it's marche...Nice. I'll be in Houegbo with a ...

The road back home, Azove, Benin travel blog

The road back home

A travel blog entry by jensblog

... it and talked him down to only paying 500; but it still shouldn't have cost us anything for having bags. Gggrrr.... We got to Azove around 3pm. I hung out in my room writing emails. My family thought I was napping. After my "nap", I had dinner. ...

Fashion Show, Azove, Benin travel blog

Fashion Show

A travel blog entry by jensblog

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We had a "Fashion Show" today for our cultural training. I volunteered (can you believe that??) to be one of the models. There are 4 different types of "typical" African dress for females: boom-bas, bou-bous, jupes, and pangnes. I don't know which is ...

A day in Azove, Azove, Benin travel blog

A day in Azove

A travel blog entry by jensblog

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... the PC had supplied the family with a few bottles of bottled water... During my afternoon training session, we got to walk around Azove and become familiar with the town. It seems much "kinder" here than Cotonou. Still as dirty and poor, but the ...

SALAD!!   =), Azove, Benin travel blog

SALAD!! =)

A travel blog entry by jensblog

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My new Fon vocabulary: "Kwah-bo" = Welcome "Oooo" = The response to Kwah-bo "Aw wa new" = Thank you "A-O" = No "AAAAnnnnn" = Yes "Why do new" = Come eat "En go ho" = I'm full Spero (my brother) and Emily (my cousin) left today for 2 weeks. ...

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