Hey friends! Here’s a little peek into what I’ve been up to lately. Before I arrived, it was so hard to imagine what life would look like here, and I imagine a lot of you back home feel the same way. Hopefully these pictures and my notes can help to shed a little light.
My alarm clock/mortal enemy here in Segou. Along with chickens, the village is filled with goats, sheep, cows and donkeys. At first it felt so strange to see animals wandering through my family’s open air kitchen and common spaces, but now I barely even notice.
My family’s garden, where I work everyday, is about a 20 minute walk from my house. It’s a long (usually very hot) trek, but the views always make it worth it.
Everyday, lunch is brought to the garden so whoever is working doesn’t have to go all the way home to eat. My baby sister Ramatou usually naps through lunch, so she gets the bowl all to herself after we finish eating.
Since the rainy season ended in November, almost all of my time at the garden has been spent watering. It’s a big garden, and a lot of work, but luckily we have water basins like this one that fill from a stream nearby. This way, we don’t have to fetch water from a well every time we want to fill our watering cans.
As the brush has dried up over the last two months, we’ve seen more and more fires. Most are controlled burns, like this one. It’s always a little scary and weird to see the landscape on fire (especially so close your village!) but it’s beautiful too, and I always stop to watch.