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Posted by clare on December 1st, 2005

Minimum number of buckets floating at the bottom of my village well, as of November: 6 Maximum number of pounds lost by a male volunteer from my stage: 60 Total ETs from my group, out of 30 people: 5 Days that admin closed the Tamba regional house to prevent a Halloween party from occurring there […]

gallery update

Posted by clare on November 16th, 2005

Today I uploaded photos of Molly’s village, Cory and Josh’s village, random stuff around my hut, and the Tamba women’s retreat. Plus, I offer you your first hints of the glory of donkeys (hint 1, hint 2). Go. Listen. Believe.

ramadan fizzles out

Posted by clare on November 11th, 2005

Since the timing of Ramadan goes by the lunar calendar, the dates change, moving something like ten or eleven days ahead every year. The imams watch for the moon, and then announce holidays based on when it shows up or disappears. Yet here at least there always seems to be some debate over when exactly […]

index, month 11

Posted by clare on November 1st, 2005

Times the village TV has been turned on since Alahji returned to Spain: 1 Minimum number of clandestine card playing sessions held while the heads of household were out of the village: 4 Motorcycles (not mopeds… motorcycles) bought by my village father: 1 Lowest temperature observed in my hut, in degrees Fahrenheit: 74 Approximate hours […]

hold that thought

Posted by clare on October 26th, 2005

So I had just finished typing my Month 11 post and was looking through photos to upload… when the iBook screen flickered and died. I think it’s the video card. I think getting tech support from Africa is going to be a pain. I think I’m very, very sad. So until I get the thing […]

gallery recommendations

Posted by clare on October 15th, 2005

This week was really only good for being sick and being the week before I go to Thies to help out with Pre-Service Training, so in lieu of any new content of my own devising… Go check out Josh and Cory’s photos: they’ve got a great collection, which they have organized very handily into exciting […]

gallery update

Posted by clare on October 2nd, 2005

I posted a few Month 11 photos today. Card games, a donkey, and corn. What more could a girl want?

index, month 10

Posted by clare on September 24th, 2005

Foreign countries seen from a distance: 2 New babies in the village: 2 Months it took me to figure out what the two-year-old girls say when they curse at each other: 9.5 Screaming matches between co-wives: 1 Minimum number of times the generator was run for the sole purpose of charging the family cellphone: 1 […]

one year, take one

Posted by clare on September 16th, 2005

One year ago today, my stage arrived in Senegal. I don’t have anything particularly profound to say about this—it’s the first big milestone, but in two months we’ll hit the one year at site mark, and after that it’s all really just a countdown to COS. (I hear time keeps speeding up, especially in that […]

progress? you betcha.

Posted by clare on September 11th, 2005

In my village, keeping up with the Joneses means keeping up with the Bahs: a few years ago the chief’s son sent money from Spain for a concrete block, tin roof batiment, so last year my family knocked down a row of huts and built their own batiment. Batiments aren’t particularly superior to huts—water seeps […]