Tuesday, November 5, 2013


Yesterday my team made an impromptu trip to the capital to work on getting our visa's extended. We left before the sun was up. 
 We drove through large and small villages.

 And a few Mango groves. 
Then we were in the city.

After only a few hours we had our visa's and we celebrated with some non-Senegalese food.

Friday, November 1, 2013


A few weeks ago Senegal had a national holiday. It was my first time celebrating this particular holiday. People get dresses up and sacrifice a sheep. Five different friends invited us to celebrate with them. So, being the ambitious people that we are, we accepted all five invitations.

We arrived at the first house just after the sheep was killed. I will spare you pictures of that. The meat was then prepared for cooking. It was grilled with a sauce. Kind of like a Senegalese Bar-b-Que. 

We ate this for "breakfast" along with onion sauce and french fries. 

The next house we went to we ate Toufey, a dish with green peas and chicken. 

The next house we went to had more Toufey. We decided that this holiday was the food equivalent of Thanksgiving. We ate so much!

It was such a great experience to get to celebrate a new holiday in a different country. It interesting also, to celebrate Halloween in a country that doesn't celebrate Halloween. We had a party with our supervisor's family. 

It was so fun carve pumpkins and have a little taste of home. 

Saturday, October 26, 2013


Can I just take a minute to acknowledge how beautiful this place is?

That's all.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Village life

Every week I have the privilege of going out to a village to visit. 

Getting out to the villages is always an adventure. The village where the guys on our team live is about ten minutes away, so we take Motos to get there. 

For the villages farther out we have to take a taxi through roads surrounded by millet fields. 

I have visited the guys village several times. They are doing an agricultural project that will one day work with improving their well. 

The other village we have visited is one where we hope to help teach English once school starts. A few weeks ago the principle gave us a tour of the school.

The teacher's office

The school

One of the five classrooms. This classroom holds 55 students.

The people in the villages are some of the most loving and generous people I have ever met. 

I am so blessed to know these beautiful people.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Life in 30 seconds

So this video is a little longer than thirty seconds, but I had so many good clips!

1- Pounding vegetables for lunch. We went over to a friends house to learn how to make Cebbu Yapp, rice and meat.
2- Lunch at a wedding we went to.
3- Walking through our little town after the wedding.
4-Visiting a village. We are hoping to go back here soon.
5- My teammate Sarah showing kids their picture. They love taking pictures!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Life in 30 Seconds (Safari Edition)

1- Our ride through the washed out roads. We called it our African roller coaster.
2- On our way to find a Rhino
3- Monkeys at the restaurant where we ate lunch.
4- Giraffes!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

What's for dinner?

Cooking in Africa has been an adventure. 

Lunch is usually the biggest meal in Senegalese homes. It can take a long time to cook, so people usually eat between 2 and 4 in the afternoon. Most dishes here consist of a large plate of rice with sauce and meat and vegetables piled in the middle. 

Traditionally, everyone eats out of the same plate. The food here is delicious. I think Senegal has the best food in Africa. 

But at our house, we eat American food. It is different though, because everything has to be made from scratch and only one store in the capital sells American brands of food. But so far we have been able to make some great stuff. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Life in 30 seconds

1- Sights and sounds from outside my window
2- Sunrise over the water
3- Dinner at a friend's house. We made Cebu Jenn, the national dish of Senegal. It was amazing.
4- The call to prayer.

Sunday, August 25, 2013


This morning my team decided to take a walk to the ocean inlet to see the sun rise.

 It was very cloudy, so we didn't think we were going to get to actually see the sun. But after a little while the sun started peaking through the clouds. 

 I am so blessed to live in such a beautiful place.