African nightlife/clothes washing

Trip Start Jan 17, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, February 14, 2009

Well, me and Lucy are settling in and becoming properly African now.  Twice a week we are the objects of entertainment when we have to do our washing.  It must be very strange for the young kids in the family to watch us struggle with the 'simple' task of washing our clothes in a basin.  It does become easier after 4 weeks (can you believe I've already been in 4 weeks!!) and you get used to just kind of scrubbing a bit to get any obvious stains off and making sure that you have a good strong detergent is always a good thing!

I have also decided that my feet are going to be permanently dirty no matter how many cold showers I take or how much I wash them.  Wearing flip-flops and walking through sand all the time does tend to have that effect on your feet.  It seems that nearly all the volunteers have the same problem so I don't feel so dirty in comparison.

I have now sampled the night life of Saint-Louis - imagine a bar full of African men and about 6 white girls and you get the picture quite quickly.  It was a really good night and me and Lucy topped it off by not being able to get into the house.  We are convinced that the family welds the door closed at night - last night we had to call our neighbours, a German couple, so that they could come and add their strength to the door.  If someone had come round the corner they would have been met with a very strange sight - 4 white people pulling at a door in the middle of the night!

As for school, I haven't been at all this week.  The strike lasted until Wednesday and on Thursday and Friday the school was closed because of a religious festival at a nearby 'village' this weekend.  It is very strange not doing anything all day, I am feeling more like a tourist every day and it is not a good feeling.  Hopefully I will back into the swing of things again on Monday, much to mine, and my family's, relief I imagine. 

There have been a few new volunteers arriving in the past week and it feels a bit strange because it means that I am no longer one of the 'newbies' and they keep asking me questions about Saint-Louis - I still don't feel qualified to answer these questions!  It is good to meet new people because quite a few of the people I met in my first few weeks have all left and the new arrivals will be here until I leave.

Could possibly be going to Dakar next weekend with Lucy so we can explore a bit more of the country by ourselves and especially for me so I know that I can look after myself without the back-up of the company.

Will keep you updated with my progress....
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