As I have one, last month left here in my Peace Corps service, I’ve been trying to soak up these last few moments to make them as memorable as possible. My work has slowed down, because now it is time to sit with the family, laugh, and do all t.he things I said I’d do before I left West Africa. I have been painting a lot, attending weddings and baby-naming ceremonies, doing the “bucket-list” things like visiting Tourist-attractions (Baboon Island) and biking the country!
- Painting. I had some leftover paint from creating a sign for one of the gardens I have been working in. The creative fire under my ass has been stoked, so I put on some bum clothes and painted the past month away. I even had my family get in on the fun!
|My namesake was AT FIRST excited about painting, then she got scared of it! Her mother thought it was HILARIOUS!|
|My "daughter" helping out with the painting|
3. Biking. One of the things I said I’d do before I left West Africa was to bike the tiny country of The Gambia. It is a little over 375-kilometers long, and about the size of Delaware. It is the smallest country in continental Africa! I started in Basse (Eastern most part) and ended in Brikama (Western). It took 5-days and I stayed with Peace Corps Volunteers along the way. They fed me so well, and most of them biked some of the way with me. I had the wind and sun on my back, and a smile on my face the whole time. Now I can say I biked a whole country!
|Peace Corps pride - gotta stay bright, too!|
|Basse to Brikama - 374 Kilometers, about 46 Miles a day!|
|The Mandinka translation of "bicycle", a RUBBER HORSE!|
|Baboon Island is a Chimp Restoration Project in The Gambia|
|This wrestler's name is "Rasta" and has JuJus all over his body to protect him from evil.|