lundi 16 juillet 2007

WTF?

There are moments everyday where I think to myself . . . WTF? How is this my life? I live in Africa. I LIVE in Africa. At least twice a day I am floored by the crazy occurances of my everyday life. Most of these are good moments but not all. There are still some things i just cant get used to. I cant believe that two months ago I was a college student . . . thats a bonus on leaving the country immediately - i got a lot of collegiate closure and feel like I have begun writing a whole other chapter.

Sometimes these WTF moments happen when I am on my velo (bike) at a stop sign (these for some weird reason say "STOP" even though no one here speaks english) and a herd of about 25 goats rush up behind me and i find myself in the middle of a goat herd on a paved road as a mercedes drives by the ensemble. WTF? Large herds of animals are now a part of my eveyday life here. Goats (which always make me think of my friend timmy), pigs with baby pigs, donkeys, and sheep (which for some reason look almost exactly like the goats) have become a part of my daily life as i repeatedly dodge them when i bike places. WTF?

Another WTF moment I had was last thursday when I was in Tougouri. I was visiting my Lycée and the director invited me to his house for lunch. I went to his house and sat under the big Tamarin tree in his yard with the director and two other professors. The mans wife brought out lunch - riz avec sauce d'arrichide (rice with peanut sauce) - and he asked me "ensemble ca va?" or essentially is is alright if we eat this as a group? With a comical smirk on my face I said "oui bien sur" or "why the hell not!" I had not eaten as a group like that yet and there were no utensils so i was half laughing at myself and half excited - I felt African. So, I sat under a Tamarin tree and, with my hands, ate off the same plate as three other Burkinabé men and spoke a little french and even less mooré. WTF? Needless to say I had a little bit of the rhea a few days later but it was negligable and the experience was totally worth it. I cant wait to do it again.

On saturday mornings at 730 my host family watches a french exercise program. They dont exercise to it, they just watch it. That in itself is a WTF? But the best part is the music. Usually it is a remix of U2 or classic rock - I dont know why. Once I couldnt control my laughter and I had to excuse myself to laugh hysterically in my room. I think this is one of those things where you had to be there. It was really weird - I thought "how is this my life now? I am in an African living room watching french exercise programing to the tune of a techno remix of 'More Than a Feeling' WTF?"

Transport in this country is so much fun. It is in itself a metaphor for Africa and deserves an entire Blog entry so all Im gonna say is when they put two goats and a sheep on top of my bus and then I leaned over to see two chickens across the aisle that was filled with people I thought WTF? I spent all day Saturday on transport and I had diarrhea (thanks for the immodium katie) and it was raining Africa style so I got drenched on three seperate occasions and it was so comical that it was one of the better days ive had here. WTF?

Those are just a few moments. I have several everyday. You never know what to expect here and I do things all the time that I would never ever have thought myself capable of. I have lost so many of my fears already. I love Africa - everyday is a new day here.

7 commentaires:

Katie a dit…

The description of the bus ride makes you an automatic candidate for the BVI when you return. I am enjoying keeping up with you.

Fred Church

MEP a dit…

aerobics to techno boston? incredible. i love that they watch and do not participate.

Patti Hedges a dit…

Help me out here, please. What is BVI?
And I want to thank Katie for the immodium, too. We gotta take care of my niece!!
I loved hearing about your WTF moments! ("Weird, Though Facinating", ... right? :).... )
Love you, girl,
Aunt Patti

Carly a dit…

Your WTF are more fun than mine. Mine are more like WTF are you thinking to the 17 year old boys that work with me! I miss you and wish I was there

Paul Tackett a dit…

I'm am honored that you think of me everytime a herd of goats surrounds you. I'm sure that the African goats are a bit different than the Marks, MS pigmy variety. I am very jealous of your experiences and how much fun you are having. I really wish I could watch French exercise programs and laugh along with you. Your time so far sounds amazing, and I hope I'll get the chance to visit sometime while you're there.
-Timmy

JOSEPH J. ADAMS a dit…

Hi Major Dude.
I have missed your blogs of late & glad to finally hear you are still enjoying the fruits of your African labor.
Sounds like you are not only having fun but also learning a lot about the trials & tribulations of the African wilderness.
I must confess a certain amount of jealousy as I so very much wish I was there with you.
It certainly is a life changing experience.
I enjoy the phone calls I have made to you, hopefully, we will get a chance to chat again soon. Not always sure what is the most convenient time to talk to you but your Mom seems to understand the best times for contact.
Got to go for now,
Much LOVE & great affection.
Joe & Boo Adams & Charlie

JOSEPH J. ADAMS a dit…

Hi Major Dude.
I have missed your blogs of late & glad to finally here you are still enjoying the fruits of your African labor.
Sounds like you are not lnly having fun but also learning a lot about the trials & tribulations of the African wilderness.
I must confess a certain amount of jealousy as I so very much wish I was there with you.
It certainly is a life changing experience.
I enjoy the phone calls I have made to you, hopefully, we will get a chance to chat again soon. Not always sure what is the most convenient time to talk to you but you Mom seems to understand the best times for contact.
Got go go for now,
Much LOVE & great affection.
Joe & Boo Adams & Charlie

 
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