I’ve arrived in Mali and as soon as we land in the airport I’m given a taste of what life is going to be like the next few years. Picking up our luggage was an adventure and by the end of it I was exhausted and sweating profusely from the warm African air. After all of us received our luggage we were driven to our training site. We arrived at the training site where we all met in the dining hall so we could get to know the other current PCVs (Peace Corps Volunteers) and get a quick bite to eat before crashing. We were then shown how to use the toilet (nyegan) which is essentially an outhouse with a hole in the ground. I won’t go into detail but it’s exactly what you think it is.
We finally got into each of our rooms and crashed for the night, my first in a mosquito net. As some of us came to the realization that we were actually in Africa it became clear the next few years would be “interesting” to say the least.
Bambara word of the day
foronto – chili pepper paste that’s super spicy. rhymes with toronto.