Sometimes in life we just have to stop and focus on what we love about something/someone/somewhere. Here are 5 things [don't worry, this isn't an exhaustive list, and it's in no particular order] that we love about living in Senegal:
- The sense of community. People live life together, often outside, where everyone knows everyone’s business, where you are, who’s sick, who’s working, who’s fighting, and so on. Sometimes that can be a bit intense for us Westerners who love our privacy, but it’s also so cool to be able to step outside of your front door, be greeted by those living around you, sit and visit, and know that people are there for you.
- The importance of relationships. We learned right away how much a simple phone call [even if it's for 30 seconds] can mean to an African friend. Greeting people is a must and respect is very highly valued.
- The weather. Yes, there is a season where it’s too hot to handle, things get either extremely dry and dusty [like now], or very wet and moldy [June-October for us here in the Casamance], but the sun is almost always SHINING! There’s never snow to shovel and flip-flops and t-shirts are a way of life. Awesome.
- The way people dress. It’s like a fashion show every time you step out of the house. This is especially true if it’s a holiday or if people are headed to a ceremony or some kind of festival. People hire tailors to make extravagant dresses, head wraps, boubous , and the like. The colors are usually vibrant and embroidery is often incorporated for both men and women’s clothing.
- The adventure of a new day. Every day is not always an adventure [far from it], but there’s always the possibility [this is true no matter where on earth you live] that something interesting, funny, unusual or exciting will happen. When you’re a learner in a new culture, surrounded by multiple unknown-to-you languages, it keeps life interesting!
Living where God has us,