Yes, My Name is Nabou

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


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Friday, November 17, 2006

First of all, it's the 17th of the month which automatically makes it a great day since 17 is my favorite number. It might be a little odd, but it sure does add some fun to my life which is always welcome and encouraged. That said, I wish everyone a very happy 17th of the month!

Saint Louis has been marvelous (despite the housing issues in the previous entry), and both Sam and I have really enjoyed our time here so far. Because Saint Louis is so small, if you're not a tourist, everyone knows you or has heard about your presence in the city. I've been coming to the same two cyber cafes all week since they have the best internet access and the most comfortable chairs (yes, this really is a deciding factor). I've been going to the same restaurants that I went to the last time I was in Saint Louis because sometimes it's nice to treat myself to some REAL food instead of rice and fish/meat. I've also been going to the same three Catholic schools to do my research this past week, and Sam and I have been going on runs (on the same path) at night before dinner since it's cooler at that time of day, so no wonder everyone in this city knows us by name (even if its our Senegalse names).

Because of this, I feel very at home and at ease in this city, but I still can't wait to get back to my family in Dakar! I've finished a good portion of my research already while in Saint Louis, and there are less than three weeks left in my research period. I can hardly believe that I will be home FOUR WEEKS from today! I have so much left to do! I need to learn how to make the traditional Senegalese dishes (so that I can share them will all of you, of course), I need to practice making Senegalese tea with my two older brothers, and I definitely need to spend more time at the beach with my little sister and Rachel. I wouldn't be able to face anyone if I came home without a tan from Africa.

Tomorrow morning, I will leave for Dakar and finish up my research there, but for now, I'm going to enjoy the 17th and maybe even go salsa dancing tonight with Sam's and my friend Carmen who is coming to visit!
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