This is Moussa, the male of the house where I stayed in Leo. He wasn’t there most of the time, which is not unusual in their culture. He would come home on weekends or other important days. These pictures were taken on Moussa’s birthday. Here it is custom to get all dressed up and take your friends out for drinks. Kind of bizarre that you have to pay for your friends to drink on your birthday.
But Laurentine and I made this huge plate of fish with veggies and a vinaigrette. Fish that big is a very big deal here. It was cute to see everyone in their best outfits. Felt like the old times.
Also when you go out, you typically go dancing. Burkinabe dancing is the best. It consists of dancing with themselves. Dance floors have a lot of mirrors on the walls and in the middle; they love staring at themselves while dancing. It’s the funniest thing to watch, but you have to try and not get caught staring.
If you hadn’t noticed, the Burkinabe do not smile in photos. Most of them have poor dental health, so they don’t really like to smile. They look so serious! But they’re actually all so very sweet. 🙂
This is my Peace Corps stage, G30, which had a soccer game versus the Burkinabe LCF tutors. (LCF stands for Language & Cultural Facilitator.) They are pretty awesome. One of them even had a glass of wine with us! But don’t put that info up, I don’t want to get her in trouble.
I was on Wes’ shoulders and took a picture of the Americans that played in the game.