"Sometimes you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself." - Unknown
Last week Saturday, we went away for a religious/family gathering. It was in a small village in the middle of nowhere. Susanna and I trekked off into the fields to escape into the peaceful surroundings. It was a lovely place to just sit, relax and stare into the distance. I feel like I haven't truly been able to sit and reflect while I've been in here so it was a nice change from the hubbub of Kaolack.
"Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife." Franz Schubert
A Senegalese wedding is considerable longer than English one. It starts with the men going to the mosque while the women celebrate. It then goes on to loads of food and partying at the wife's house. Everyone then rushes to the groom's house to see the bride be accepted into her new family. There is a small ritual before she is hidden in a room with her head covered. There is then another party at the groom's house. In between this, both families exchange many gifts and money. All of this is done over the course of a few days with loads of food and dancing.
I must say, Master P, our host, knows how to plan a very lovely wedding . It was very exciting experience to be a part of Senegalese wedding - though, it did mean very little sleep! Our desk officer, Kate, and the other volunteers also came to visit during this weekend. 10/10