CHRISTMAS DAKAR CABDRIVE: Penser Par Polygamy

Madeleine Balchan - Senegal


March 3, 2011

Last year’s Fellows told us to beware of the slower pace in Senegal, of the many hours of down-time. I was scared. In high school my schedule was packed with sports, homework, and clubs. This summer I worked a 60 hour week as a waitress to pay for GCY. I thrive on busy schedules. Would I lose my mind with this free time?

Waiting has become the best time for practicing Wolof and French, learning about Senegalese culture, and making friends.

On Christmas morning, Johannes, Kedisha and I went to downtown Dakar to explore the different exhibits and musicians in FESMAN, the World Festival of Black Arts and Culture. We discussed polygamy with our cabdriver. Here’s a short video example of the many things that can come out of a conversation while “waiting”.

Madeleine Balchan