Archive for the 'Peace Corps year 1' Category

index, month 9

Posted by clare on September 2nd, 2005

Village men who work abroad (in Spain) currently visiting the village: 1 Goats killed in his honor: 5 Typical meals per day during the rainy season: 4 Number of those meals that consist solely of milk and couscous: 2 Kilos of rice for one meal for the household and for the household + guests, respectively: […]


Posted by clare on August 20th, 2005

Last Wednesday I made the trip from Dakar to Tamba by myself for the first time. About 450 kilometers, it takes seven to eight hours by sept-place, the decrepit Peugeot 505 station wagons that are the primary form of long-distance transportation in Senegal. Here’s how to get from Dakar to Tamba: Go to the gare […]

home again

Posted by clare on August 13th, 2005

Goat roast #2 last Saturday, Dakar on Sunday, Ile de Goree on Monday, Steven on a plane Tuesday night, me back to Tamba Wednesday, me sick Wednesday night to the present (though much better now)… It’s been a long week. Which is my excuse for a lame post and no picture uploads. I’m tired. Everyone […]


Posted by clare on August 1st, 2005

One of the benefits of my slowly improving Pulaar is understanding stories that I couldn’t have followed six months ago. The seemingly simple task of asking questions has always been complicated by my limited vocabulary and my inability to correctly phrase abstract questions. Now that I can ask those questions, though, one answer can often […]

index, month 8

Posted by clare on July 22nd, 2005

Small animals that got stuck in the corner between my hut wall and bed: 2 Fields planted with seed I distributed: 10 Fields planted with seed I distributed that were planted with the recommended seeding disc, which determines plant spacing within rows: 8 Lowest observed temperature in my hut, in degrees Fahrenheit: 75 Total sprouts […]

hut improvement

Posted by clare on July 18th, 2005

In the past few weeks I finally got around to all that “make your hut your home” stuff they told us to do in our first three months at site. I had delayed mostly because I wasn’t sure that I would be in my hut this long; when I first arrived, in November, and construction […]


Posted by clare on July 13th, 2005

The rainy season has transformed my village’s surroundings from tall, golden brown (i.e. dead) grass to a carpet of neon green sprouts. Farmers are in full swing—most of the millet and corn already planted, they’re now seeding peanuts and cotton. This is all accomplished despite cranky or sometimes nonexistent equipment. Children lead horses, donkeys, or […]

index, month 7

Posted by clare on July 5th, 2005

Garden plots dug in backyard: 2 Small animals killed by Steven: 2 Village toddlers with squeaking cartoon character shoes: 2 Sixteen-year-olds married off to other villages: 1 Brides offered to Steven: 1 Minimum number of farmers who planted their Peace-Corps-distributed seed two weeks before I found out they’d planted: 2 Depth in meters of my […]

rain rain come and stay

Posted by clare on June 20th, 2005

The rainy season still hasn¬ít begun in earnest in my village. Rain here is so scattered that it can pour in Tamba and barely sprinkle on us, about seven kilometers away. Thursday night we had big puffy clouds overhead, lit on one side by the half-full moon and on the other by lightning from storms […]

spring has sprung wet sheep

Posted by clare on June 1st, 2005

Spent a few days in Dakar to pick Steven up at the airport, attend my first VAC (Volunteer Advisory Council) meeting (I’m the new Tamba rep), get the last of my vaccination shots, and take a mini-vacation at the beach. A good time was had by all. Now it’s back to the village and the […]