home

Archive for the 'Peace Corps year 2' Category

i put a spell on you…

Posted by clare on September 18th, 2006

In Senegal there are merchants who specialize in gris-gris supplies—goat horns, porcupine quills, cowrie shells, and the like for making fetishes. These little leather pouches are practically the first thing that a village newborn wears, and from that moment on people keep them tied around arms, necks, waists, and car steering columns. Though their place […]

home stretch, stretching for home

Posted by clare on September 14th, 2006

Riding a bus in Dakar, trying to absorb the brilliant blue post-storm sky, passing groups of men sitting the day away and rams tied to trees along the median, I felt how the city is still a whole, pulsating organism to me. It remains foreign and exotic—sensory overload in every glance. I worry that when […]

shopping in Dakar

Posted by clare on September 11th, 2006

On Saturday afternoon Molly and I went shopping in downtown Dakar near the Marché Sandaga, a sprawling mess of fabric stores and sidewalk vendors. We pushed our way past stalls selling fake gold and imitation brand name shirts, running a gauntlet of jewelry peddlers and men pushing carved figurines and patchwork bags in our foreign, […]

a green hill's chance in bak-hell

Posted by clare on September 1st, 2006

I visited Glen’s village last week, and we climbed a hill to see where a monster supposedly ate a white person years ago. We didn’t find the monster, but the view was spectacular: I uploaded more photos of Glen’s site and the Bakel area, which is reportedly a scorched wasteland for most of the year. […]

index, month 21

Posted by clare on August 26th, 2006

Freshly detached wheels my sept-place had to swerve around on the road to Dakar while following a small bus: 1 Fingers our Dakar-to-Tamba sept-place driver had on each hand: 6 Rumored cost of boat passage from Senegal to the Canary Islands, in CFA: 600,000 Approximate equivalent in dollars: 1,200 Holes I dug for transplanting trees: […]

donkey of the month, august

Posted by clare on August 19th, 2006

Mr. August: But there’s more! I uploaded a veritable assload of donkey pictures today.

can you visualize whirled peas?

Posted by clare on August 15th, 2006

One of the many little-known perks of Peace Corps Volunteerhood is the sporadic receipt of Newsweek International. Random issues of this weekly publication, clearly designed for the world business traveler trying to decide which Wimbledon-endorsed Rolex is right for his lifestyle, arrive every month or two in our mailboxes, fresh from the overstock pile courtesy […]

toot toot!

Posted by clare on August 14th, 2006

Apparently, I should learn how to use TrackBack… Thanks, Matty, for the heads-up on a mention of my blog by the Austinist. An interesting time of it, indeed!

and then there are the good days

Posted by clare on August 4th, 2006

I normally hate having to be in Dakar. It’s hectic, aggressive, and expensive as all get-out. However, at this particular moment I’m in an air conditioned cafe, sitting next to a tank full of massive orange goldfish and surfing the internet over a wireless connection. I just finished a club sandwich and my photos are […]

donkey of the month, july

Posted by clare on July 25th, 2006

Here’s Mr./Mrs. (I didn’t check) July: Yeah, so I’ve been in Tamba for a while on med hold (sinus infection and fever, on drugs and feeling better now), so there are a bunch of new photos up in Month 20.