Saturday I was invited to a wedding at Dakar with Cecil. It has never worked out for me to go with her to a wedding in Dakar so I decided to go. It was also my chance to experience the transport the village people use to get to weddings. Finally I thought it would be a good time to take pictures as I assumed that we would be more visitors here and not involved in preparations. That shows you how little I know. Apparently all the people from Fandine (Cecil’s home village) gather at the house of the relative they know (the parents of the bride in this case), and put on their own part of the party. So soon after I was there, as I was sitting patiently relaxing with all the others, someone came up to me and said, “What are you doing here, you are not a visitor, the kitchen is up on the roof.” The roof was up 5 FLIGHTS OF STAIRS! So much for a mellow day! The good news for my support team is that it provided a great opportunities to get pictures behind the scenes. So sit back and enjoy the show.
Warning: Most people have watched Iron Chef or a show like that at one point. Now if you imagine taking a still picture at one of those shows you can see that it would not communicate the controlled chaotic environment actually taking place. So as you look at these you will have to imagine the chaos of Iron chef taking place.
Are you tired yet? I sure was and not just because I arrived back home at 1 in the morning 🙂 More to come later in the week of some things I learned this weekend.