Since my last update, I:
– Attended a village “alphabetization” class, where the women and teenagers are learning to read and write Pular. A teacher from Tamba (from the NGO TOSTAN, I think) comes to the village to hold a two- or three-hour class four days a week; everyone has a grand time, laughing and enjoying even their mistakes.
– Went to the Parc National Niokolo-Koba, Senegal’s largest national park and Molly’s ecotourism site (info). Saw a bunch of animals and took a bunch of pictures of trees, with very small animals in the middle of the frames.
– Had a tuubaako slumber party in my village when Volney arrived for his two-week vacation in Senegal and Molly and Mariah came to hold a meeting with the women’s groupement. The meeting went very well, despite my horrendous English-Pular translating, and Volney claims to be enjoying himself, despite all the sweating and the millet.
– Spent three hours in a muggy cybercafe uploading photos while the French VirginMega webcast played “It’s Raining Men” and “We Are the World.” So go “oo” and “ah” and leave some comments, yo.