Lions Carnival Wednesday-Saturday JULY 27-30th

Aksilem ak Jamm- Welcome to West Africa! (part 3)

by Julia Lingham
July 24, 2009

Aksilem ak Jamm - Welcome to West Africa (part three)

Other things I have to watch out for:

(Coconuts for sale at the market.)

Other things I have to watch out for:

When we eat (on the floor, we all eat from a giant bowl) you never eat with your left hand (your dirty hand) and never pose it on the ground because it symbolizes pushing your ancestors into the ground. For tiébou dienn (pronounced CHEB-oo-JEN), the local dish of fish and rice, you roll up a ball of rice with your right hand and pop it into your mouth. Goodbye forks and spoons!

Five tips for how to ride a motorbike in Dakar:


1. Hold on for dear life. There are potholes, craters, speed bumps and head-on cars and buses and the occasionally horse drawn carriage.
2. Lean with the bike, especially when you're turning a sharp corner and need to avoid the few dozen people in the way.
3. Keep your eyes and ears open. Eyes open because there is always someone standing in the middle of the road. Ears open because there is music playing EVERYWHERE - the Senegalese are obsessed with music!! From the roaring beats of the djembe and sabar, to reggae, hip-hop, rap (what they call here the "Resurrection of African Poetry)
4. Don’t ever take your hands off the handles…ever! Worst time to take your hands off is when you're stopped. Because chances are the driver is going to rev up and slip in between two moving buses.
5. Never wear a skirt, and trust me on this one; I had to learn the hard way. It's really hard to get on a scooter with a paille (skirt) tied tightly around your waist and ten men watching you attempt to climb on a bike.


 

 

Posted in Comments, Comings/Goings.

E-mail This Article

Comments (0)

Advertisement

Advertisement

Recent Articles by Julia Lingham:

Aksilem ak Jamm: Welcome to West Africa

We first ran this amazing story four years ago this week. This is the first of a series of articles written by Julia Lingham about her experiences in places very different from Holliston. She is out to make a difference in the world and we think of her as Holliston's Ambassador of Good Will. The adventure continues: I am in the Land of the TERANGA. I am off by myself to Dakar, the bustling capital of Senegal, for a month to work in a micro-credit bank run by all women in La Cité des Nations Unies outside of Dakar.

Continue ...

Aksilem ak Jamm- Welcome to West Africa! (part 5)

Aksilem ak Jamm- Welcome to West Africa! (part 5)

Continue ...

Aksilem ak Jamm- Welcome to West Africa! (part 4)

Aksilem ak Jamm: Welcome to West Africa (part four) Sandaga's Fish Markets Today I wander through the Sandaga market with El Hadji and he shows me all the famous ingredients used in African cooking, such as mint leaves, lentils, haricots and lots of spices.

Continue ...

Aksilem ak Jamm- Welcome to West Africa! (part 2)

Aksilem ak Jamm -- Welcome to West Africa, part two Another thing here is that the families are enormous and everyone lives together.

Continue ...

Advertisement

Recent Articles in Comments:

Golden Sneaker Award

by Pat Montain

The coveted Golden Sneaker award. The students not only tried to accumulate distances for themselves, but for their classroom. Each class in grades 3, 4, and 5 competed against each other by tabulating the number of miles they accumulated at home from March to the end of May. Weekly, each classroom’s miles were calculated into an average miles/student.

Continue ...

The Quiet Man of Holliston

by Anne Oldfield Lewis

Uncle Ray seemed to know everyone in Holliston, and always had a smile. He was my godfather and my hero in many ways.

[Comments:12]

Continue ...

A Walk in Their Shoes

by Amy Lucas

The Residence at Valley Farm Welcomes The Community to “A Walk in Their Shoes,” an Innovative Virtual Realty Experience of What It’s Like to Suffer From Dementia

Continue ...

Police Log for Week of June 12 - 18, 2016

by Paul Saulnier

This week even refrigerators are too fast for HPD to catch but 68 drivers weren't fast enough.

Continue ...

Finding and Claiming Forgotten Funds

by Jay Marsden

Solares Hill Advisors Jay Marsden 32 Wendy Lane Holliston, MA 01746 617-306-1572 jmarsden@solareshilladvisors.com www.solareshilladvisors.com

Continue ...

Advertisement