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My First Yak

My name is Ezeah Nevarez, and I’m an upcoming Senior attending Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School. One thing that makes me me besides god, family, and school, is the sport of basketball. All my friends can probably agree that it’s all I ever talk about, and that’s because I grew up in a basketball driven family. I found out about Where There Be Dragons through my school counselor, and was instantly intrigued. I saw the program as the perfect opportunity to break out of my comfort zone and to do something life-changing this summer. In terms of my actual experience in Senegal, I am most excited to learn more about the country and to be exposed to an environment that I haven’t been exposed to thus far in my life. I hope to mostly contribute hard work for the team when needed.

Of the things I discovered while researching Senegal’s landscape, I especially enjoyed how during the time our team will be there, it will be rainy season. I am a big fan of rain usually, so a new tropical rain will be a rather different experience for me. Besides this, I learned that some of the main crops used for everyday needs in Senegal are millet, rice, and corn. Millet is a crop I’ve never really heard about before, so to know that it’s a common crop used out there is interesting, and hopefully I get to see some examples of it being used.

One dish I found that uses Millet in Senegal is Bassi Salty. It is a sweet dish that consists of millet couscous, sheep meatballs, potatoes and or sweet potatoes, white beans, cabbage, and carrots. There are many ways to make the dish, with some recipes including raisins, meat, tomato sauce, dates, etc. Being a potential sweet and meaty dish, containing ingredients I have never even heard of in foods before, it definitely sounds like something I would try.