Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Walking home from school

Hey guys!
So last Sunday (2 days ago) was Fete de Tabaski, which is basically the Muslim New Year. I got new clothes made (again! yay!) out of bazin this time, which is kinda like a plasticy fabric. Its red and yellow and SUUUPER pretty. We actually didn't do much, or at least I didn't. Apperently my dad killed a goat while I was asleep. Too bad nobody told me to wake up early :( I've decided that it would be easier if I had a Flickr account for all my pictures cuz I have a good number of them and not everbody is my facebook friend (sorry) Saturday, I had my first Bambara class, and we learned the alphabet, and phrases to say for the New Year:
Sambe sambe
Si tigiyala
Ba tigiyala
Fa tigiyala
Che tigiyala
Its basically a greeting, and then you list every family member you can possibly think of and wishing them a good health for the year, and to see them the next year. The response is Amiina. The grand fete (big party) was on Sunday and yesterday, Monday, we didn't have school :D
Speaking of school, I thought it would paint an interesting picture describe the things I hear and see on the way home from school:
  • I see naked children taking a bath in a small tub in the middle of the road
  • I see little boys playing with sticks and car tires (using the stick to roll the tire down the road)
  • I see toddlers running after baby lambs and scaring the poor thing. I also hear the children screaming and laughing, as well as the baby lamb bleating its little heart out
  • I see (and smell) small piles of trash burning (on purpous, I think)
  • I see hens and chicks pecking for food between the non-burning piles of trash
  • I see roosters fighting for dominance (and I hear them crowing, too)
  • I see little children running around and I hear them run up to me to say good evening, because I am clearly not African
  • I see a big road filled with zooming cars that intimidates me every time I need to cross (I've gotten better at crossing, and there is a stop light thank god)
  • I see (and smell, oh gosh the smell) people throwing out waste in the middle of the road (never EVER walk through a puddle, you never know if its clean water or not...)
  • I see cars and motorcycles having a hard time driving, becuase the road is so very rocky and uneven
  • I see goats tied up to trees or in pens
  • I see men sitting outside of their houses, looking kinda bored
  • I see woman walking with big trays on their heads, carrying a mountain of products, be it fruit, shoes, anything and everything is carried on top of their heads.

Welp! Thats it for today :) I'll write more soon <3
Andrea Vielma

1 comment:

  1. I like your new outfit. can't wait oo see all the pics! :3 -Soo-ah