Thursday, May 8, 2008

Asalaam maalekum!

This is going to be my last blog entry. 4 months already... it's kind of hard to believe.

I've finally finished with all of my final exams and papers and the reality that I'm leaving in two days is starting to really sink in.

Lots of you have been asking me how I'm feeling about leaving/ coming home - well that's exactly it...

I'm leaving sama waa ker (my family), some amazing friends, and just so much more that I can't even begin to explain. There's a lot about Senegal that I am going to miss.

At the same time I'm coming home and I'm so excited about seeing all of you again.

I've been doing a lot of self reflecting lately and am beginning to realize that I've changed since being here (in big and small ways).

Some things I've learned about myself from these past 4 months in Senegal (these are in no particular order):

I like tomatoes now.

I no longer find it strange to eat a fish that still looks like a fish (IE head and teeth still in tact).

I've learned that it's okay to ask a lot of questions.

I'm becoming more outgoing.

I'm much more conscious about how much electricity/water I'm using and am trying to be more environmental friendly.

I have a newfound love of reggae and r&b music (not to mention mbalax!).

I've learned to be 'maangi fii rekk' and to stop worrying about little things that you can't change.

I've learned that I have good friends (and family) who love and care for me and a looking out for me.

I've realized how much I love Senegal and I hope to come back again someday - Inchallah.

If anyone ever has any specific questions or just wants to talk to me about my trip PLEASE do not hesitate to contact me. I'd love to talk to you :-)

Jamm ak jamm,


Mark said...

come see us after you get back, if you're up in B'ton this summer! Glad you've had such a great semester.

Mark & Liz

Francesca said...

I love you Kelly and am so glad that things have gone so well for you :)

MIchaela said...

Hi Kelly! My name is Michaela and I will be traveling to Senegal as part of a gap year program. I'm leaving for training in about four days, so I'm kind of stress-packing. I've been looking around at different websites for clothing recommendations, but I figured it would be easier to talk to a person about it. What kinds of clothes do you recommend I bring? And you mentioned that tank tops are risqué? How much of our arms and legs are we allowed to show? Was there any article of clothing you wish you had with/you were glad you had with you in Senegal? My email is and I would really. truly. appreciate it if you could fill me in on a little info! Thanks :D