Yes, I survived the month
Hello everyone, I am back on the grid and easing into the busyness of the life I put aside for the last month. I have completed a month of living with a Gambian family in another village and I am currently in the city getting some rest (and a nice shower) before heading back to my home. This last month was a great opportunity to immerse myself in language. I spoke very little English and even did my bible reading and studies in Wolof. I met many new friends and had many new experiences that I would not have done in my village. However, this month was also very difficult for me emotionally. I did better than expected with the living circumstances (no water, current, toilet, etc), but I struggled with culture shock and figuring out where / how I fit in. There was lots of time spent sitting and observing others even if they did not speak the Wolof language that I am learning (there were many other African languages spoken in this village). Be on the lookout via Facebook or my blog for “Diaries of a Wimpy Tubaab” for lots of good stories and observations.