Senegalese time is whenever you feel like it.
Sep 01, 2006
Dec 15, 2006
After the exciting night on the town yesterday, I had a decent night of sleep, interrupted only once by weird banging noises outside of the window. This morning, I woke up to go for a run with three of the other students, and we ran in a pack along the side of one of the major roads. We saw some interesting sights: a dead kitten, goats grazing in the fields of trash, and a man kicking a dog so hard that it ran away and cried for a good minute. Apparently, the Senegalese don't have much respect for animals; they find them an annoyance, actually. It began raining, a nice tropical rain, towards the end of our run, and it was surprisingly a nice shower. Breakfast was very French -- bread with butter and jam, instant coffee, and laughing cow cheese. When in class, we discussed norms and expectations for the students and professors. We learned in class and just through our experiences so far that Senegalese time is much different than we're used to. When someone says that a computer lab will open at 9am, that actually means just sometime before lunch. When you say you're going to meet someone at a certain time, plan to arrive an hour later. Last night, when we made plans to meet up with our new friends (family?), they told us several different times to come to their house, finally just saying we should stop by whenever we want to. This morning in class, my friend Jules and I heard a rooster crowing. As it was late in the morning, Jules said, "well, he's a little late..." I reminded him that the rooster must also be on Senegalese time. That said, I'll be sure to write sometime today or tomorrow, which means don't expect much before the end of the week.