Fishin' for food

Trip Start Mar 15, 2005
Trip End Apr 01, 2007

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Saturday, January 7, 2006


I hope a pleasant Holiday season was had by all!
I found my way back to Kolda yesterday on the 13 hour car ride from Kedegou with only one slight incident. Tabaski (Jan 10th) is the largest of the Muslim holidays and generally includes the slaughtering of a ram for the feast. This has resulted in MANY rams being transported all over the country to be sold at a fairly significant profit. There were several of these animals stuffed in rice sacks and tied to the roof of the car i was riding in. I bought one of the first tickets which meant i got to choose my seat. I chose the window..sweet fresh air the whole way home, who would pass that up?
turns out the ram on my side of the vehicle didnt like the car horn..nor the pot holes..and though fresh air was nice, i paid for it. (more than once) i suppose i should look at the bright was only could have been worse :)

My vacation to the south was very nice. I spent my New Years Eve at the base of a waterfall outside of a small village called Tumanyo. It was about a 40 km ride from Kedegou out to the falls, and the hardest ride i have ever done. Difficult to believe, but much more strenuous than the 90 km ride to the city of cheese. The food supply started to run a little low on the second day of the trip so a friend and i fashioned a fishing hook out of my key chain and caught some bait in the shallow water using my head wrap (thanks mel and gopi!) If nothing else, the fishing was a distraction from the hunger. I did catch one fish, but it wasnt big enough to make cleaning and cooking worth it.
On the first we cleaned up camp (a sponge mat on the rock) and left with the first light. Fongolimbi was the nearest larger town at the top of a mountain that had a once a week lumo (traveling market) that we were hoping to catch for some breakfast. Our bikes had been stored in the hut of a nice man named Madi in the village so that we could hike the last 3 km into the falls without the burden. We found him making tea for us in his hut when we arrived. He had also bought us some bread to fill our bellies.

The ride to Fongolimbi went more quickly than i had an incident involving me, and a large rock. Id never gone over the handle bars of my bike before..something I dont think i need to experience a second time. Luckily i wasnt seriously injured..and neither was my bike. I arrived bruised and hungry to find that the weekly market was not on Sunday. Thankfully the man who makes omelette sandwiches saw us coming through town and set up shop to feed the toubabs. Let me clarify omelette sandwich: they pour oil into a hot pan, cut up a tiny amount of onion and stir it into the scrambled egg and add a little jumbo..which is a cube of seasoning and then toss that mixture into the oil. it fries..and is then shoved into a loaf of village bread. YUM.

The ride home was more down hill than up, and that afternoon was spent relaxing, baking cookies at the local regional house to satisfy the sweet tooth.

It will be hard to get back into the groove of my job here in Kolda after such nice vacation, but I think i have plenty of things to distract me. This morning i went to feed my rabbits to find that 8 babbies were born last night, all of which were still alive. I will have to begin construction on a second living space shortly..and my mouth is already watering..rabbit stew!

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