Trip Start Sep 01, 2006
35Trip End Dec 15, 2006
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The Rules of Chez Dimbo (and why I hate them):
1. One must speak English. I didn't come to Senegal to speak English, but I don't mind speaking English with Senegalese people when they want to practice
2. One must always lock the door. There are five doors that must remained locked at all times whether you're in the house or not, but there is only one key to each door. Whenever we want to leave, we end up talking about the key situation for about ten minutes to arrange who will have the key, where the key will be, when we will be coming back, how we will meet each other to exchange the key. When we're in the house, every time we want to leave, we have to go get Dimbo to let us out of the three doors leading into the house. Bahh.. make a copy, already!
3. One must share food. I don't want you putting your dirty hands into my pasta, thank you.
4. One must like bugs. Don't worry, they're not toxic! It's fine that they're jumping in your food and crawling in your hair. Insect repellent anyone?
5. One must be able to tolerate scandal. Dimbo is a 42-year-old university professor who is dating (secretly) his 25-year-old former student. Scandalous for the US.. unheard of in Senegal!
Despite this, the apartment is very clean and beautiful and is located in a quiet, calm quarter of Saint Louis. I love living with Sam and I'm about to start my research tomorrow which I am very enthusiastic about. Only a few more days left with crazy uncle Dimbo!