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Exploring

We’ve been told to explore. Talk to some people, look for symbols of religion and business, and eventually make our way to dinner with our hosts. We stumble, shy at first, simply saying Salaam Alekum to everyone we see. Then people start to respond. Kids and teenagers congregate around us continuing the conversation. Every correct line we say in Wolof is a triumph- yet that doesn’t last long, soon the words don’t make sense and we have no responses. My deer in the headlights face makes the kids giggle – but the older ones keep trying to help. It’s overwhelming – so much stimulus, and I have few answers. But it is exciting. It is learning and adrenaline and adventure so far outside my comfort zone I don’t even know if I could find that comfort zone again.