I’m finishing up my first week at post (ok, so half-week, I only moved in on the 19th) and so far I love Daagbe! A quick update about my living situation:
My house is in a concession (walled area with multiple houses) with four other families, several of whom either speak some English, and/or are professors at local schools including my own. It’s right next to one of the mosques, so I can hear the call to prayer, which has become comforting rather than annoying (even the 5am one). It’s also across the street from the public primary school for Daagbe – a plus because I can use their latrines to throw away anything I don’t want kids playing with (like used razor blades) and because on school days there are beans and rice mamans who sell food for breakfast and lunch! This is especially awesome because I love beans and they are a great source of protein, but they also take a long time to cook – I don’t have the patience or the gas in my gas burner available to make beans on my own.
As for the house itself, I have two rooms plus a kitchen/bathroom area at the back, which is also enclosed and roofed (but not ceiling-ed: the roof for the kitchen is just wood beams and corrugated metal sheets, which is not great in terms of trapping heat). There’s only one window, so there isn’t really much air circulation, but the house has two MAJOR selling points in terms of Peace Corps housing:
electricity, and running water, specifically a shower!!! This is a big deal – it’s kind of like I live in the Peace Corps Ritz. Now if I only bought myself an internet key, it’d be just like America! (not).
I inherited all of my furniture, but I need to talk to a carpenter at some point because there are some things I want to replace. I also need to talk to my landlord about the leak in the shower/toilet area, but to be honest it’s the best place there could be a leak – it’s already tiled and there’s a drain in the floor. But other than that, it’s starting to feel like home! Or it will once I stop being lazy and put the rest of my stuff away so I can put away my suitcases.
I haven’t bought an adapter yet for my plugs so I don’t have a ton of time to write updates – more will come later. I’m sure I’ll have lots of interesting stories as I get used to living in this new community, and as school starts! Officially the first day is October 1st, but the first week all I do is show up on time, write my name and when my class meets, and tell kids I’ll be starting class the next week. The idea of teaching is somewhat terrifying, but I’m sure I’ll get through it – stay tuned to hear how I deal with my first full-time job!