Saturday, August 15, 2009

Inside Thies

This afternoon, we were able to leave our training compound for the first time. I finally feel like I'm in Senegal for the first time because we got a chance to visit the actual city. It was quite overwhelming, but very exciting. Lots of sights, smells, sounds...

New term: "toubab" which means stranger or white person. In Senegal, it is culturally acceptable to call a person by their ethnicity, and they definitely know when you are a "toubab". Also, most local nationals have not met too many Asian people, so that will be an additional label I will be experiencing.

Impromptu Talent Show:
Last night, our trainee group decided to have an impromptu performance of talents. I packed my tap shoes, in hopes of sharing my dance with my Senegalese friends and busted out my shows for the entire training compound. It's very hot in Senegal, therefore very sweaty...However, my performance (and others') were very well received.

More language and cultural language to come, which you will definitely hear about soon.

A Bientot!

Byron Yee
Peace Corps Trainee - Senegal, 2009

1 comment:

  1. Glad to hear you're already sharing your performance talents with the rest of the world. This is a good step for our future theatre company! Miss you! Assalaamalekum!