Elections and Business Cards

Trip Start Jul 05, 2005
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Monday, September 5, 2005

8am language class, 10:30-3pm personal study/lunch (so, in other words, free time), 3-6pm we learned about traditional Beninese games.

During personal study time, I actually made vocab flash-cards...and took a nap. I was going to do laundry, but it looked like rain. So, instead I lounged around and talked with Sarah, who was waiting for her mom to call.

After games, I went to Chez-Wahab and had a Coke. Then, I went home for dinner. After dinner, I watched tv and "talked" with the family. It's still frustrating that everyone talks Fon around me. They know I want them to speak French...they even say to me, after they realize I don't know what they are talking about in Fon, "il faut parler Francais" or "En Francais!", which means "you must speak French" or "In French!"

Vince is the only one who actually explains what was said in Fon. That way I can at least sort of follow the converstation...

Tonight, Vince explained to me the election process in Benin. It's a basic system where the person with the highest percentage (over 50%) of votes wins. If no one has at least 50%, the top two (or however many number of people add up to 50%) people have another election.

Vince was also curious about making business cards. Today he started his internship at the Azove hospital. He works in the financial department there. I think that's what sparked the interest. I told him he could use my computer to make the cards. (I didn't want to have to waste money using the crappy computers at the cyber.) Up until this point, no one new I had a computer there. Maman had brought a laptop home from work a few times though, so it's not that big of an event for the family to see a computer.
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