Thursday, September 30, 2010

What's my house like in Africa?


I know it has been a good while since I last posted, and I totally apologize for that. Stage (training in French) was so crazy, and it was so hard to make time to post things.

I have been at site for a little over a month now, and am really starting to love it. There are a few things that I don't think I'll ever be 100% used to--such as the donkey that cries outside my front door every morning between 3:30AM and 4:00AM, or the sounds of the other countless animals that live in my courtyard.

A courtyard is a rather hard thing to describe, so I figured I would create a diagram for you all and post it with a key--this way, if I ever refer to something about my courtyard, you'll have a better understanding of what I'm talking (or complaining) about.

Key to My Diagram

*It's probably going to be easier to open the image in a different window, and then look at the key side by side

  1. Family Latrine
  2. My Douche (shower area—I share with Host Brothers #2 and #3)
  3. Host Brother #2’s House
  4. My House
  5. My Porch (soon to be lanai)
  6. Host Brothers #3 and #4’s House
  7. Host Grandmother’s House
  8. The “Kitchen”
  9. The Women’s House
    1. Host Mother
    2. Host Sister-in-law
    3. Host Sisters #1 and #2
    4. Host Cousin
    5. Host Nieces #1, #2, and #3
  10. Host Father’s House
  11. Host Brother #1’s House
  12. Family Douche
  13. Goat’s Hut
  14. Rabbit’s Hut
  15.  Pigeon’s Hut
  16. Bull #1
  17. Donkey
  18. Bull #2
  19. Sheep
  20. Bull #3

It seriously took and act of God to get this to post, SO I am going to count my blessings and turn it in for the night...I'm going to be lazy, and put a link up to photos of my house, and I will come back, and make a true post later explaining everything.

My first month at site was rough to say the least, and I'd have to say that decking my house out Gator style made the month go by so much faster. I have a few more finishing touches to do, but I think the end result is going to be amazing.

Happy blogging!

Till next time--or really in the morning when I wake up,