Happy Tamkarit (Islamic New Year’s)! An update on our lives: We just finished up the TB project. The training and forum book-ended the two weekends surrounding Thanksgiving. The PCVs of every region of Senegal throw an annual party for the rest of PC Senegal. Our region holds an annual Thanksgiving party. Around 35 people attended!
The menu included: 1 turkey, 6 chickens, 3 guinea fowl, fruit salad, mac-and-cheese, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, sweet potato casserole with marshmallows, cranberry sauce, stuffing, squash rolls, biscuits, horchata, pumpkin doughnuts, apple pie, pumpkin pie, pecan pie, brownies, gazelle beer, and g-sap (gin and bissap).
The poultry took several days to find (turkey are more common than one would guess), one day to kill/pluck/clean/brine, and another day of deep-frying with our pulley-stove system set-up on the basketball court.
Friends came from all over, visiting the north of Senegal for the first time. Even Sheep came to celebrate. And after stuffing ourselves silly, some took a late-afternoon nap to sleep off the effects of tryptophan and others attempted to hit the turkey piñata. All in all, I think we threw a pretty good party.
Since Thanksgiving, we have been thinking much about our future. The people in my life are doing so well. Paul has been admitted (and has accepted the admission) to the Bryn Mawr post-baccalaureate program, an intensive one-year program near Philadelphia where he will take all the prerequisites for medical school. What is great is that this program offers linkages to medical schools, schools that will admit any Bryn Mawr student who does well during the program. Also congratulations to Jess for passing her bar exam in California where the passing rate is just barely over 50%! I’ve finally finished my grad school applications, at least for this round (made a turkey piñata out of my statement of purpose drafts…felt good to say the least).