Friday, October 1, 2010
Well, I've officially moved to Thiès. I have an apartment with furniture and utensils and cleaning supplies and a fan. I have no business being responsible for these things. There are four rooms in my place with perpetually sandy floors. This means that I am perpetually sweeping. The water goes out more often the the electricity (so, most of the time) and it is not helping my already lax attitude towards cleaning upkeep.
Anna is settling in very well. She is already stealing food from the neighbors and terrifying the local children. So I find bags of sugar/dates/peanuts around the house and kids never try to break through my door. She also kills all the bugs, lizards and mice she can find. She eats the bugs, but gives her more triumphant kills to me as gifts. She's also declared war on all the screens in the house. They cover every window and most doors in an effort to keep out mosquitoes. She hates them with a passion. Little by little, she is bringing down the all the screens in the apartment. Her favorite technique is to take a running leap towards the screen and, screaming a worbeling war cry, sinks her claws into the netting. She usually jumps off right away, but sometimes she hangs out (please excuse the pun) for several minutes looking like bizarre version of a fly strip.
I do like my new city and my new job. Working with Awa Traore is pleasant and productive.