Magal


My program ended Friday. I signed on to stay two extra weeks before going home so that I can travel. Despite having forgotten that travelling is expensive…it’s an excellent idea. There were two people who decided not to stay the extra two weeks, and they left last night.

When people leave it makes it more real that I too have to leave. D:

So…uh…why am I not travelling yet when my two weeks have already started?? That would have to be because today is the Magal. The Magal is a holiday for members of the Mouride brotherhood (it’s a Sénégal thing; Wikipedia it) where they all cram into buses and Ndiaga Ndiaye and go off to the city of Touba.

Once there I’m not really sure what they do, but from what I’ve seen so far it looks like it’s mainly a lot of sitting in circles and singing. Some of my friends went along with their families, so I’ll be sure to ask them.

Anyway. I’m a little off-track. The reason this stops me from travelling is that literally all the public transport is occupied. That’s right, there will be no leaving Dakar until Thursday unless I really wanted to pay out the nose for it. *sigh*. I now wish that I’d left last weekend, but then again I’d probably be stuck somewhere else right now where I couldn’t even work on my ICRP.

And speaking of working on my ICRP, I guess that’s really what I ought to be doing.

By the way, the billboard is for the Islamic Conference that is coming to Dakar on the eighth of March/the day before I leave. It says “Welcome to Sénégal, the land of faith and peace”. These are everywhere.
*Added later*

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/7264653.stm

(Ouch, and) Referring to the last line, could someone please explain the difference between “pasta” and “noodles”? Not sure I’m quite clear on that one. Then again, I don’t see much of either these days. It’s a good thing that I love rice dishes!

5 Responses to “Magal”

  1. Amanda Says:

    See, I would have said pasta are noodles, but made with wheat while noodles includes all types, like rice or egg noodles. Kind of like how all squares are a type of rectangle, but not all rectangles are squares. But maybe it has to do with the shape? I don’t know. That’s just weird.
    on another note,
    YES NORO SOCK YARN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m madly in love. I’ll post pictures soon of how it knits up. I am so madly in love, I want them all! And who knows, I may have to add to your bag of goodies… hehe.

    oh, and did that text message say that you got something for my mom? cause she’ll be excited.

    muah!

  2. Amanda Says:

    … I said “madly in love” twice. I think I need a thesaurus…

  3. kayak woman Says:

    really, I think pasta is just a fancy name for noodles.

  4. Sneak Says:

    does anyone else here know how to *do* “the noodle”?

  5. Kelsey Says:

    It was explained to me in the UK thusly: “Pasta” is the dried stuff you cook in water — in America, we consider this interchangeable with “noodles” because the result is the same. In the UK, though, you could buy fresh noodles, still squidgy, that required less cooking. These were called noodles, NOT pasta. So in a grocery store, pasta = dried and noodles = fresh. As far as I’m concerned, the result of cooking is the same damn thing, but my flatmates made a sharp distinction between the two.

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