Heather in Senegal

Sunday, May 28, 2006

Go to the following link to see an assortment of images from Thies and Kolda. I think one of the following links should work. Please let me know if neither do. The photos are in alphabetical order.



At 7:30 AM, Blogger alau said...

Heather! You never told me you had a blog! Silly girl! And all this time I've been wondering where you were! Anyways, I suppose this is a better week then any to find out you have a blog (my boss is away at a conference, hence lots of procrastinating).

I'll be posting an essay on globalization and "African" culture and identity on my blog in the coming few days, if you're interested. I'll keep checking back!

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Holly said...

Yes, she was rather secretive about it. Good thing Mariah keeps us informed. Heather, you look fantastic, and I love the striped skirt you're wearing in many photos!!

a note about toilets: Often in Mexico, people have US/style fluch toilets and no running water. you dump water directly into the bowl, and it flushes like magic! I think the hole in the ground is proably much more water efficient. where does your sewage go???

At 3:16 PM, Blogger Mom said...

Dearest Heather,

Holly raised an interesting point: where do your droppings go once they plop to the bottom? Is there an odor in your bathroom? I used such a hole in China. Stooping was fine. Standing up was another story. I had to clutch the wall to get some support to get up. Are your legs getting very strong?

I love the pictures! Keep them coming.

Keep yourself SHH!

All my love,

Mom (:-)

At 4:53 AM, Blogger Heather said...

Plumbing: To flush the toilet I pour water into the hole until it looks like the water is clear. My sewage goes to an underground tank that is right outside my window. I am told that shortly before I moved, the tank had an air hole that was simply a plastic water bottle. The problem with this, I was told, is that a short ventilation tube like that would allow rats to crawl in and enter my hut through my toilet. When I first arrived the water bottle had been replaced by a tall thin pipe. This pipe now lays beside the tank. There is a slight odor. It is not discernably feces, but it is not sauteing onions either, so I am going to do a major bathroom scrubbing today. If that doesn't help, I will fill a plastic bag with sand and use it as a lid for my toilet hole.


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