Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Shaving in the Courtyard

Today I had a great morning. I woke up and it was really cool and overcast and our quartier was oddly quite, which was a nice reprieve since something was definitely wrong with the mosque speakers at 5am this morning. Call to prayer sounded more like nails on a chalkboard. I'm not sure if it was some obscure holiday or no one felt like getting up and moving about, but no one came out of the main house until almost 9am so I sat on a bench in our courtyard and ate my cliffbar in peace, very relaxing.

This afternoon I Skyped with my Aunt and her class and we talked about how well the atelier went. I'm happy that the kids were able to see the project come full circle and Dioss and I are planning to do more ateliers either after my trip or when school starts back up in the fall.

Favorite moment of the day without a doubt goes to Khady, who makes my day on a fairly regular basis. I walked into my compound after running around this afternoon and found Khady sitting on a bench, topless, shaving her armpits. We then discussed how she had to give Ahmed a bath and that he was going to start crying.


  1. Alyssa,

    I thought your family was African with a splash of French, why would they shave.


  2. Congrats to you, Diane, Dioss and most of all the students of Murray Lake Elementary! Well done!

  3. I think I'm in love with Khady.