Since most of you reading this know how much I love food, I’ve decided to do a weekly (inshallah) post on Fridays to highlight a Senegalese dish or other interesting part of the food culture here. For this inaugural post let’s look at “ceb u jenn”, (pronounced cheb oo jenn), the Senegalese national dish. A much beloved dish, ceb u jenn – rice and fish … Continue reading Food Friday
So my past two weeks with my new family can be summarized by this Wolof word and command: “toogal” (the 2 oo‘s sound like the o in most), which means sit, sit down, take a seat. I am still somewhat of a guest in the family, so that means lots of sitting! My days here so far are generally pretty slow. I eat meals with … Continue reading Toogal!
** Due to flaky internet previously, this post is a little late in publishing – just pretend that it’s actually the 26th of October…. Hi friends! After months of waiting, shuffling from place to place, and daydreaming about where I might live, I now know my final site placement. While the staff here in Thies have known this for weeks now, us trainees found out last … Continue reading Site Announcement
This blog post will be dedicated to the very important aspect of Senegalese culture: Attaya. In short, attaya is green tea and tons of sugar which is drunk in multiple rounds after meals. Attaya, like meals in Senegal, are shared with anyone and everyone who happens to be around. It has a lot of cultural significance, for cementing family bonds and sharing how one’s day … Continue reading A little sweet, sweet cup of attaya