ARREST IN LIBERTE 1

Trip Start Apr 07, 2008
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Trip End Jun 29, 2008


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Saturday, May 31, 2008

same stuff been going on at Empire.  Had the excitments of Youssou pretending to be spiderman, Modou superman and me catwoman... other than that jkust been heading to the beach teaching alphabetisation and attempting to  teqch english but infact just playing stupid games with them like hiding the plastic fruit and vegetables, lotto and bingo!  Yup they know no english but they love it!!!  Circus school from sweeden arrived on the 22nd which the kids are loving and me too as i get to learn how to juggle!!!  i am actually getting somewhere which I am pretty proud of infact.  Get to watch the kids do shows next week which I cant wait for! 

Spent the weekend of the 6th at the petite cote which was gorgeous.  So nice just to get out of dakar for a bit and relax ont he beach.  Had crepes for breakfast which was a complete luxury.  The hostel where we stayed had such a family feel to it  they charged us about 10 pounds for the whole weekend accommodation, food, drinks the lot!  And gave us cold red wine... yup for some reason they serve it cold here not too sure why! 

Went out for a meal with my family as my house mate left to go home last weekend.  Nice to have a salad and some vegetables- an absolute luxury here really!!! Restaurzant was really nice and it was goodto treat them for once and do something nice for them as they are always so generous and lovely.  On Sat headed to lac rose and swam there.  It was the wierdest feeling swimming in so much salt made my body all tingley!  But glad i did it as you do just float and the water is saltier than the water at the dead sea!  After headed to HLM for a big fabric shop and have had some of the most beautiful dresses ever made!  The evening headed to a first communion party wityh my family where i was forced to eat even though I was meant to be going out for a meal afetr with my friends...

Spent Sunday at work just chilling with the kids cos I have basically done everything i can do in a day around Dakar.  The evening we went to kick boxing with the kids on sun evening at the stade in liberte 1 and at it a kid called assane spoke to mere anta (he was at empire a whilme back but talibe kids came and took him from empire) Anta decided he could come back after he asked and all was fine. We left the stade after to go get the car rapide baack to medina and loads of talibe kids were there saying we had stole the child (to the empire adults too) Empire lot got in the car rapide and asked us to but seeing as ilive liberte 5 and lizzie liberte 1 we decided there was no point. Thetalibe kids were still there (some of them had sticks) and were following us. I tried to get a taxi but they wree ripping us off so decided to walk with lizzie to hers. The kids followed us so we got in a taxi, they ran after the taxi and shouting that we had a kid there with us. People heard this and decided to call the police; Lizzie got out at her house and i was left alone in the taxi a bitconfused ads to why i was blocked in... Turns out this dude decided to block the taxi in so the toubab chilmd stealer couldnt escape! People surrounded my taxi speaking to me in woolof i was like WHAT!? then said they called the police. Thankfully a friend of my mum waled past and took me to her house with all the crowd following (remember the scene in love actually when the colin firth wants to proppose and the whole village folmlows it was like that!) people were getting aggressive but i was fine in my mums friends (therese) People kept on wandering in and out making me explain myself to them. There were loads of people otuside and a journalist. The police turned up i explained to them, we called mere anta to go to the police station with assane the stolen child to show where he was. The police made everyone leave (they took like 2 steps back as i left the house) and i had something covering my head so they couldnt take a photo... got in the police car and someone threw something at the car so the police man got out and tried to sort it out. Went to the police station and had to give my ID and statement. anta came and it is all proper sorted now! so no worries dude, still woprking at empire and loving it this wholoe thing just made me more determined to woprk there!assane the stolen child to show where he was. The police made everyone leave (they took like 2 steps back as i left the house) and i had something covering my head so they couldnt take a photo... got in the police car and someone threw something at the car so the police man got out and tried to sort it out. Went to the police station and had to give my ID and statement. anta came and it is all proper sorted now! so no worries dude, still woprking at empire and loving it this wholoe thing just made me more determined to woprk there!

Other than that this week has been ace.  Had the circus school still and there has been an art festival at empire.  The kdis have loved having disposable cameras and doing finger painting and all... I must admit i loved it more got my face covered in paint and ran around after all the kids scaring them!!!  They have donea really cool mural on the wall outside empire with their hands, it looks ace.  They had an evening of photos of the kids and films which i strayed for, the kids just get so excited tosee pictures of themselves it is adorable.  Stayed at work till 1030 that evening; they have given me a bedroom there now and tell mer i should be sleeping there! Friday evening I went to innos for dinner which was a bit random (she is a friend of my host mums) wasnt really sure what was going on!  Oh and the bus i was on broke down... its been an adventurous few weeks!!!
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