My first week spent in village has flown by. At this point I am basically feeling out my surroundings and setting up my house that I will be living in for the next two years. Right now my house is just the basics. I have a mattress (with mosquito net) a table and a chair. I will slowly be buying furniture when I have the funds to do so. Also it is a challenge to get the furniture to my village because the road from Bohicon (biggest city near me) to Djidja is a little rough. I do have a carpenter in my village, and I have already purchased a few items to be made by him.
First, were a couple of screen doors so I can get some air flow through my house. The two screen doors cost 8000 cfa, which is roughly 16$. My next purchase was a set of tables (10,000 cfa = 20$) to cook and prepare my food on for my kitchen. Right now, I am preparing and cooking on the floor with a small gas stove. It is the kind one might take if they are going camping. It really isn’t that bad, but I definitely don’t want to be sitting on the floor preparing my meals for the next two years. There isn’t a wide variety of food selection in my village so my cooking options have been limited as of now. I’ve been making due with rice, beans, spaghetti, onions, tomatoes, garlic, peppers, and eggs. The first meal I prepared in Africa was a spaghetti plate topped with eggs.
I went to Abomey yesterday to meet up with some other Peace Corps volunteers. We normally do not work Saturdays and Sundays unless there is a special event going on. Abomey is the ancient capital of Benin. So there are alot of tourist attractions an places that cater to foreigners. We found a 6 hole mini golf course and enjoyed the day eating some delicious Beninese cuisine and talking about our first week in village. I took advantage of the “city life” and found some carrots, cabbage, avocados, and green peppers to bring back to Djidja so I could have something to prepare for dinner today. I don’t have a refrigerator so I need to prepare things that will go bad quickly so they don’t spoil.
Anyways, the reason I wanted to make this post was to talk about my nightly visitor. So far I have been sleeping well, however there are nights when I wake up and swear I hear something flying around my house. It is dark and I am under a mosquito net so I usually try to just not worry about it. Well the other night I had to make a midnight trip to the bathroom. To my surprise when I turned on the light a small bat was sleeping from my shower head. I was astonished he did not wake up and I went to grab my camera to get some photos. I got a few good ones I will post. I took photos for about 15 minutes with the flash, and he still did not wake up. I did my thing and went back to bed. I told other volunteers about this yesterday and they said I needed to get rid of him, but I don’t really know how and he’s not bothering me so I am just going to let things play out and see what happens. Oh, Africa!