Everyday Training life

Trip Start Mar 11, 2007
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Monday, May 14, 2007

Hello everyone. Thank you so much for all of your e mails! I cant thank you enough because they really make my day.

I ve been told by a few of you that I should add some more details like what do I eat generally: well, that would be a lot of rice and usually fish and then we have these odd green tomato things and cassava a carrot here and there and then a variation of sauces from day to day made from either onions and oil, or peanuts: Then there are the nights that we eat only this sugary porage like stuff or the sugary peanut buttery soup which i guess really only comes around Easter time but still I helped make it and you would think that because I saw how it was made that Id really like it but no not really because once I knew everything that went in it including the three cups of sugar and then peanut butter and then only millet, I could only take three bites. But really the food isn't that bad its just that there is no variation and sometimes all I want is a pizza or spaghetti and NO bread. We eat white bread every day for breakfast and sometimes again with dinner: Its a lot of bread: But guess what Mango season comes soon and I hear that you can get buckets of mangoes for super cheap like only two bucks!

ok so what is my day like? Well because Im in training this is my typical day but in just one week this will all change because Ill be moving to my site! ok so usually the loud speakers singing morning prayer wake me up at 5;00 then I lay awake thinking a lot about random things for about an hour then at 6:30 I finally get up do some stretching on the purple prayer mat I got and then I put on a pagna and head wrap: the head wrap is not for any Islamic reason although some women do cover their heads but its a style here and its usually wrapped in some funky way which I really like and its surprising how many complements I get. Everyone is always impressed that I wrapped it myself. Then I usually walk to school with my friend or host brother. School starts at 8:00 and goes until 6:00. I usually have four hours of language class in the morning and then in the afternoon it varies from Environmental Ed class to Culture classes to Safety and security and Health, apparently there are flies that lay eggs in your laundry hanging out to dry and then they get on you and the eggs hatch under your skin and you have to pull the worm out with Vaseline and tweezers...luckily I wont have to worry too much about these "Mango flies" as they are called because in the North its just too hot...which brings me to another point- THE HEAT. Yeah its been pretty much unbearable the past few nights and they tell me that its only going to get worse especially up north in the desert...they even have a verb for just taking a bucket bath just for the sake of pouring water on your body to cool off. Ill be able to sleep outside though and so hopefully that will be a bit cooler...the rooms here get so hot and especially when they have tin roofs. Also a new greeting that Ive learned is "Naca tangis bi?" or "how are you handling the heat?" At least its comforting to know that even the Senegalese cant stand the heat either.
Ok so Im moving to my site really really soon. I'm armed with kola nuts (these nuts are apparently really special and mean good health and happiness) and Attaya (traditional tea )making supplies as gifts and I've been drying some mango pits and my plan is to plant them within my first week and also come up with a way to dry mangoes in the sun without flies...I also am hoping that maybe there will be a need to have a bee hive...i miss honey and I kind of want to be a bee keeper...maybe someone already is and I can learn. Ill be spending the next three months in Ngeith just trying to learn the language and simply integrating myself into my new community. Ive got school to attend during the first month and then after that probably a lot of sitting around staying out of the heat and sun and getting to know my neighbors. Then Ill come back for three weeks for more training. I am very excited to start and Ive already met one school teacher that Ill be working with and he seems really excited to have me. He too likes to dance and sing...by the way its great to see so many people who like to dance...and the guys they really know how to dance... although the other weekend I went out dancing with my brother and his two friends and when the slow songs came, which were few thank goodness, I felt like I was in middle school again and I was laughing hysterically inside while doing the awkward "side to side arms out stretched making no eye contact looking around slow dance"

Ok so I also have a new address:
BP 79 Linguere Senegal West Africa

Things that would be awesome in a care package are bubbles, colored chalk, fly tape, AA or AAA batteries, glue sticks, news, coffee/ tea tye dye, dried fruit/meat, surprises, and just news about you and when you want to come visit me! I'm so excited to have visitors.

In other new I am missing home, Maine summers and Alaska, lattés, cold water, and Popsicles. And most of all I miss all of you thanks so much for the care packages, letters and e-mails. love love Desneige
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wfcarey
wfcarey on

It's you!
Hi Desneige...I just figured out that these emails were from you. I hadn't opened any as we had just replaced our computer from a recent crash so was nervous about doing it again. Your experience sounds amazing! I envy you so and wish I were in my 20's again so I could be right there with you. I read all the enteries start to finish....now I am all caught up on the happenings there......i will set a box out now that I will send to you when it is full of all the goodies you have mentioned. This blog is a great way for you to document your two years and also it gives us all a chance to go thru these two years with you.....a priviledge I am looking forward to it.
Bookie and Bill say 'hi' and when I am complaining about the heat here this summer I will think of you and zip it :) Love......Barbara (Wfcarey@comcast.et)

yukonkate
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Hello Sweetie
Oh thank you for your notes posted 5/14 - I am living vicariously through you so keep talking. It does help to get an idea of what you are up to and how its affecting you. I hope you got our package w/drink flavoring and heand cleanser and stuff - love you and miss you and hug you to death!!!!

Aunt Kathy

divaradical
divaradical on

a long hello
my dear good friend. news from ak; now that i have graduated college i have time to breath and think of others, like you. i hope all is well, sounds exciting and i may just stop by for a visit. i will send mail to your address and an enclose a longer 'hi'. Have a sunny wonderful day, i miss you and am thinking of you and your adventure. christine;)

eitog
eitog on

Hello from Stuyvesant Oval
Hi Desneige!
Your time is sounding so amazing...and yes, challenging! I can envision it very clearly through your vivid writings. Thank you. Caty, my previous tenant, who is from Senegal, read all your emails and was VERY impressed with your language skills as well as how well you are adapting to the life. She said you will be more Senegalese than she is :)

All is well in NYC and Stuyvesant Town. The new owners are making exterior changes; weather is gorgeous right ow; the studio is doing well; the girls are great in Boston and SF; and I am so happy to get your news.

Keep well and keep those flies away!!!!
Love, Eileen

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