"this is the strangest life I have ever known"
that's kind of the motto of my sojourn here in Togo. The exotic is normalized, mostly. Accessing Facebook is a pain in the ass. What used to be normal, like cell phone reception, hot showers, and facebook, is exotic.
I've found stuff that I thought I would find here and other stuff I never believed I would find here.
I've met wonderful people, amazing people, and amazing intelligent people. And I've yelled at assholes and tried to tackle a would-be mugger.
I realized that the only limit to what people can do is the limits that people put on themselves.
I also realized carrying a moto through a river is perfectly acceptable.
I ate goat testicles.
I have yet to meet someone who is fundamentally different than me
One of my best friends in village is a devout catholic. Another one of my best friends in village is a devout muslim. Another practices traditional religion. They live next to each other and get along just fine. People need to take notes.
I finally found an animal that Togolese, or at least the Konkumba, dont eat. Crocodile. I think that this is because crocodiles are reputed to eat people.
I never thought that I would love "tofu."
The thought of planting trees or designing a chimney for a thatched roof is really exciting.
At least once a week I have the following realization "holy crap, I am in Africa"
its the strangest life Ive ever known