Mondays are the Worst

Greetings from a beautiful day in Korbongou! You know those first spring days when the weather is perfect and there is a slight breeze? Well, that’s exactly what it’s like here today—surprisingly! It sends me back to the States, waking up early and sipping coffee on the deck before heading to class. To go along with this nostalgia, I am listening to the Best Hits of Johnny Cash, because, why not?

I thought that after 18 months, I should finally share a typical day with me as a Peace Corps Volunteer!

Monday, November 20, 2017

430am: Hit the snooze.

440am: Hit the snooze.

450am: Roll out of bed and put some water on the boil for coffee.

5am-6am: Sip coffee, review lessons for class, and listen to NPR podcasts over a Bluetooth speaker

6am: Fetch water from the well, boil a potful, and take shower.

650am: Arrive at school!

7am-12pm: Teach classes, chat with professors

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My path to school!

 

12pm: Walk home and pass through the market to buy rice or beans for lunch! You have to walk home fast because the midday sun is unbearable.

1230pm-230pm: Nap time.

230pm: It is still too hot to leave the house, so I am watching reruns of Big Bang Theory

330pm: Fetch water for second shower to wash off the sweat

4pm-6pm: Return to the market to drink locally brewed beers with friends

6pm-7pm: Return home to prepare lesson plans for the next day. Tomorrow’s lesson is about countable vs uncountable nous. Many vs much. A text where Bola is meeting his friends at a theater, and revision of sentences with “if.”

7pm: Go to Benoît’s house for dinner! Today it is pate with dried baobab sauce and fish

 

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It took me a while, but now I really love this dish. I crave it all the time and eat pate every day.
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At Benoit’s featuring his daughters Grace & Firmine, Dermand, and my dog Luda!

 

8pm: Third shower to wash off dust and sweat

815pm-930pm: Read a book. I am currently rereading Room by Emma Donoghue (shout out to my lit professor Dr. Weihman!)

Granted, every day is different here. I never do the same things twice. So I decided to randomly record everything I did today to share with you.

I am sure some of you will read this and think to yourself: “Geez Ti, you basically did nothing all day except nap!” Well, that’s true. Time works differently here. It is, after all, the small successes that count. If I can make it through a morning of teaching and still be in good spirits, I count that as a big success! In the States, I can get twenty some things done a day. Here, I am so satisfied with one or two things!

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As always, stay savvy friends!

With much love,

TrekkingTim