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So i found out a really interesting story about my mama (through Moussou) which may at least partially explain my mama’s unkind and difficult personality. Apparently about 4 years ago, she was marabouted. See, here in Africa, there are religious leaders called marabouts. Sometimes they just give you prayers and sacrifices to do to obtain […]

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Ramadan is ending this week, either Thursday or Friday, depending on the moon (I love that!). It will end with a HUGE party, called Korite. That day, we will get up at 7am, and start eating. From what I understand, we won’t stop all day long. I guess this is to make up for all […]

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So one of the first things my Senegalese mom told me when we saw eachother after my Mauritania trip is that my fan broke while I was gone. Somehow it fell over and crashed into pieces. Great… No fan to sleep with. Let me tell you, it is impossible to sleep without a fan in […]

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So, Ramadan has been happening for about a week now, and honestly, I haven’t noticed as much of a difference in the streets as I’d foreseen. I mean, there are a few less street food vendors, but there’s still pretty much the same hussle and bussle. At least during the day (at night, every one […]

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This was a baayfall weekend. Friday our class went on a fieldtrip to a baayfall Daara, or compound. We all sat around on mats outside and did a little question and answer session. All the baayfalls living there had chosen to leave the comforts of their home to come and live and work for their […]

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