Monday, October 22, 2007

Top 10 Best Parts of My Job

Its month fourteen, and I think my blog needs more (anything is more than nothing) top 10 lists. Here goes.

10.Getting to walk to work
9. Never having to set my alarm clock
8. Neving having to wear close-toed shoes.
7. Daily after lunch naps
6. Reporting to my boss once every three months.
5. Drinking tea counts as work.
4. Paid language training.
3. Lots of really cute little kids.
2. People (mostly) really appreciate it.
1. Being famous.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Little Kid Wrestling

Trainings and Weddings...

Trainings and Weddings


Who: Five peace corps volunteers, 650 total participants, tons of spectators
What: A 5km open water swimming race
When: Just after noon until the late afternoon, Sunday September 9, 2007
Why: Braving huge waves, swimming long distances without training, and getting lost in a nearly buoy-less course is a good time (ie I love random feats of athleticism)
Where: Plage Voile d'Or, Bel Air, Dakar to Goree Island, Senegal

The Photos to prove it:

Dakar Goree

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Enjoy the Sénégalese Diet

For those who wish to live a day in the life of Megan aka Aminata, here is her daily diet:

9am Breakfast
1/3 french baguette with butter
1 cup coffee, made with powdered milk, nescafe and sugar

2pm Lunch
chebu gen bu honk (rice and fish in red sauce)

fish (whole)
cabbage, carrot, potatoes, onion, eggplant
small can tomato paste
garlic, salt, parsley, dried hot pepper, white bissap (if available)

Crush garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, and dried hot pepper.
Rinse fish and stuff with above mixture.
Heat oil in saucepan. Add chopped onions and salt. Cook till onion lightly brown.
Mix tomato paste with 1/2 cup water and add along with fish. Let simmer 5 minutes.
Add 6 cups water and vegetables, peeled and chopped into large pieces. Cook for one hour. Remove vegetables, fish and a little oily broth.
Use the remaining broth to cook the rice.
Serve and enjoy!

3pm Strong Sugared Green Tea

9pm Dinner (this meal varies but the these are the two favorites)
thiakry ie yogurt and a cereal made from millet (I've yet to find a recipe, the closest thing in America is grape nuts I think)
spaghetti with tomato sauce and fried eggs

Bon appetit!

Book I've read in the last year in Sénégal

1. Zadie Smith, On Beauty
2. Tracy Kidder, Mountains Beyond Mountains
3. Janet Fitch, White Oleander
4. Graham Greene, Our Man in Havana
5. Jhumpa Lahira, Interpreter of Maladies
6. Carol Shields, The Stone Diaries
7. Louise Erdrich, The Last Report on the Miracles At Little No Horse
8. Abraham Verghese, My Own Country
9. Nevil Shute, A Town Like Alice
10. Charlotte Bronte, Vilette
11. Graham Greene, The Heart of the Matter
12. Joseph Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath
13. Joseph Stigitz, Making Globalization Work
14. Ray Bradbury, Farenheit 451
15. Max and Charlotte Alth, Wells and Septic Systems
16. Lonely Planet, The Gambia and Senegal
17. Peace Corps, Culture Matters
18. French Grammar
19. La californie, edition francaise
20. John Jeavons and Carol Cox, The Sustainable Vegetable Garden
21. Kiko Denzer, How to Build Your Own Earth Oven
22. David Werner, Where There is No Doctor
23. V.S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Package Wish List

Top 10 Things you can't get in Sénégal that I love to recieve magically in my PO Box:

10. Magazines
9. Energy Bars
8. Powdered Juice/Sport Drink Mixes
7. Chocolate, hot chocolate or really any chocolate related product
6. Nice Soap or really any nice smelly products
5. Random food products that require only adding hot water and no use of an oven
4. Pens or art supplies
3. Burned discs of photos or music or movies (I now have my computer)
2. Surprises
1. Letters in English

Ross Béthio now has Internet!

I feel like we've jumped forward here hundreds of years. Although I'm not sure how many other people here in my corner of the world feel the same way. All the sudden I have access to nearly unlimited not-that-slow internet. We'll see how this changes my experience in the coming months, and if it all improves my failure up-until-now blog attempt. The entire world is now at my figure tips. Bu the same question remains, why do very few of the people with whom I live have a very limited ability to acess the same world?

Friday, March 16, 2007