Cë dëgg-dëgg (chudugadug)

Trip Start Sep 01, 2006
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Trip End Dec 15, 2006


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Tuesday, September 5, 2006

Salaamalekum!
The past two days have been very eventful... Last night, the other students and I decided to meet up with the dancing boys that we met the other night. We brought almost our entire group along with us, so there were 13 Americans sitting around watching this AMAZING African dance troupe. They're all so agile and powerful and graceful and strong; I'm so jealous! The dancing looks like it would be a lot of fun. It was also incredible seeing everyone from the family that we had met the other night. They all remembered our names and invited us to dinner. We went to the school of the youngest girl of the family, and since all students are on their vacation until October, the schoolyard is a common area for the community. The 13 SIT students sat down on prayer mats with shoes off and legs covered while the entire family gathered around us with all of their friends. Awa is most definitely the matriarch of the family, and her younger sister, Mbassa, has become a good friend to me in the past few days. It's her 17th birthday on Thursday! I went back with Awa, Mbassa, and Awa's daughter, Sudya, to their home to prepare the food and bring it back to the rest of the group. The meal was magnificent, and it was great being around so many friendly, caring people.

Today, after classes, I met my host brother but the rest of the family was unable to come meet me today. He told me that his family has a picture of me with my parents up on their fridge!!! Crazy. I'm definitely excited to meet my host family on Friday and move into my own room! Tonight, after the homestay meeting, a few of us went to meet up with our dancers and their family again. We sat and talked for a bit on the prayer mats, watched some more dancing in the school's classroom where the troupe practices, and then left to have dinner back at our campus. The SIT students all decided to stay in and enjoy a nice evening on campus, and we definitely enjoyed the cool breeze that we've missed so much these past few days.

I will upload my pictures of the African dance ASAP!
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