You know you've been in Senegal for a while when..

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


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Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Although it's been quite some time since my last entry, I feel like I'm making up for that with this lovely list of things that are extremely representative of events that have happened in the past month/the past week/the past few days or that happen every single day. Besides this list, I also was contemplating last night that in Senegal, my life basically consists of five activities:

1. Eating (a LOT)
2. Riding in dirty, practically broken-down taxis
3. Sweating and ruining clothes in the process
4. Taking cold showers (the only time when I'm not actually sweating... or at least I can't tell that I am)
5. And finally... paying attention to the mosquito issue.

This past weekend, since there was no electricity anywhere in the city for most of the time, my friends and I did a lot of walking. Many people on the street took one look at my legs and started laughing. Others yelled at me and told me that I would die if I didn't use more mosquito repellent. I swear that not only have I been sleeping with my mosquito net tucked neatly under my foam "mattress" but I've also been dousing myself with mosquito repellent before going to bed. I knew it was really bad when a man stopped me on the street to tell me that I was a "fete pour les moustiques" or a "party for the mosquitos". That's great.. juuust great. At least someone (or something) is having fun!

And now for the make-up entry:

You know you've been in Senegal for a while when...
o You pick things up off of the floor very slowly for fear that there is a living creature underneath.
o You actually look forward to eating ceebu-jen.
o Walking to your room in a towel after showing past a group of older men praying doesn't faze you.
o The cockroaches in your room begin to look sort of cute and you begin talking to them as if they were your friends.
o You have hardly any clean clothing left.
o The clean clothing you do have may be infested with mango worms.
o You spend more time in the bathroom than anywhere else.
o The sweat dripping down your face is just like a nice, warm bath.
o You've learned that sticking your tongue out and making funny faces is the best way to respond to a beggar child putting their hand in your face.
o You learn to tell everyone that you LOVE Bill Clinton and you think George Bush is the most horrible man on the planet even if you don't believe that.
o You start to think that bucket baths are actually enjoyable and taking showers by candlelight is relaxing.
o You don't expect to be using the Internet anytime soon.
o You don't mind people's fingers sifting through your food before you eat it.
o You can successfully negotiate a decent taxi price and not have to hide in the bushes as your Senegalese host-brother bargains.
o You wait five hours for one episode of "The Office" to download just so you can have twenty-three minutes of good, old-fashioned American comedy.
o You've started walking home from school, a walk that takes just over an hour, just to avoid the traffic jams during Ramadan.
o You can almost sleep through the rooster that seems to crow and earlier every morning.
o You've given up on mosquito repellent and using a mosquito net for nothing actually works.
o You believe that you really do have a husband waiting in the United States for you to come home (without a Senegalese husband).
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