We are recommencing the Expedition log.
And this time we are doing it far away, again. Currently in a remote village called Doumga, North-East of Senegal. There are only 2.5 thousand people living in the neighbourhood, which is divided into a number of smaller villages. The one we are staying in tonight has appx. 300 inhabitants.
And the border of Mauritania is pretty close too. That means - we are back to the Sahara desert. Sand, sand and sand. The heat is bearable, reaching +45 degrees Celcius in the shade. The trick is to put on extra layers of clothing and you won't lose as much liquid by sweating. And stay in the shade, since in the open it can get much hotter.
We are here because we were assisting the transportation of 5 tonnes of rice, 500 kg of sugar, 100 kg of fish and loads of anti-septic gel - a donation from the good people in Dakar, to this remote villages. The roads are paved with roadblocks, checking the vehicles for authorisations, since it is still not allowed to get out of cities without one. It's good, the police in Senegal are here to protect the citizens and assist them.
We spent the day exploring the village and learning the people to know. It turned out that it is inhabited by Fula people - a large ethnic group of West Africa (and more). they are mainly nomadic, usually staying in a place for no more than three months. But this village, like many others in the 20th century, have opted to an urban way of living.
They speak French and their Fula language. It was useless to google the lexicon for this language, since it has appx. 11 dialects and the few words we found online were different from the ones we heard in the streets.
Lets me share with you some of the words we learned. It is strange to learn a language we didn't know even existed until yesterday.
Mi vilti ma - I am happy;
Eei - Yes;
Ala - No;
Adjara ma nufevi - Thank you very much;
Mbe-timko - My name is;
Moddi - It's good;
M'bada - How do you do? ;
Seda - A little;
Mi fami - I understand;
Yuni - That's enough;
Ahirtim? - Did you have dinner?
Issalmeni ma - Hello;
Hari - Satisfied
And, of course, the usual count from 1 to 10:
Go, Did, Tat' (soft T in the end), Nei, Joy, Djago, Djedi, Djetat, Djena, Sappo!
Congratulations! Now you know at least a little bit of a new language you probably never heard of.
While visiting a remote house on the outskirts of the village, Alina mounted a donkey (for the first time). It did seem to enjoy it, at least a little.
We also had the chance to visit the local hospital and were please to see that they even have their own ambulance! The hospital pharmacy is stocked well (of course, there is not much by international standards). We will make sure to show it to you in an upcoming video.
The dinner was chicken with delicious onions and sweet potato. Some eat with spoons, others - with their right hands (not very easy for the two present left-handers).
P.S. In the evening we felt tiny raindrops (in the Desert!). It seems that the rain season is starting soon.