'Family time' might sound strange, but truth be told - it's not always easy to find the balance living together with other people in the house. So it felt really good to just be out and about with the four of us, not having to justify actions or discuss everything.
Chickens are sold at 2500 CFA a piece at the moment, unless someone buys larger quantities at once.
After leaving our pen, they were transported to the defeatherer, who charged 100 CFA / chicken to be processed (intestine and feather removal).
The filtered water is still very drinkable for us, no major bowel issues so far.
It’s the tap water (eau de robinet) which is to avoid ... although it is drinkable, it does mess up our European bodies.
Fishing has become really hard for local fishermen ever since large Chinese boats started emptying the seas here. It’s a very disturbing situation, impacting many local people and families.
When talking about this with our Muslim friends later on, it was clear we were overthinking things and should just let people be and do their thing as they please.
Again, an interesting cultural difference ... as situation in which we might feel uncomfortable or offended, but it clearly was not the case in local culture.
The feast afterwards had an odd twist to it, it felt (to us) like a showoff party with a table filled with bottles of liquor and wine. Later on, food was either chicken or pork.
We rarely see ppl drinking alcohol or eat pork here, so it felt a little strange that when it’s a Christian feast this turned out to be ‘normal’.
The mass was nice, a good balance between ‘formal and tradition’ and local interpretation. A super nice Senegalese choir (which filled half the church) and a pastor who addressed the children in a good way.
Family of four, spending time in Mballing, Senegal.
Home to the Roeckoe family & some friends