I began this blog as a recent graduate of Benedictine College, and traveled to Benin, Africa with the Peace Corps. I was there for 27 months, and enjoyed sharing everything I did there with friends and family at home. Whatever I say within these blogs speaks for my life in Benin, and does not have any connection whatsoever with the views of the United States Peace Corps itself.
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On the RoadMore like 'In the Road.' This is en route to visit the dam. We spent a long time getting this car un-stuck, and this picture is the first of three times in seven hours. This was the easiest and driest of them all. Funnily- Mathurin stayed behind this car, to conveniently find the best route by not following Robert.
Mathurin SitsThis place is beautiful. This marker that Mathurin is sitting on represents the agreement between the Togolese and Beninese governements for a dam on the river. It rained the entire weekend we spent there.
The Lake SideWe saw five hippos (I was going to write the animal's entire name but found out I don't know how to spell) just bouncing on the lake's bank. So many birds, so little time.
DownstreamAgain, hippos and birds. I repeat- so little time. It was beautiful.
Drainage DitchesYet another thrilling picture- of drainage ditches. Give me a break, I have been here for a while, and it's exciting for me. Guess where it all drains to- that's right, the river.
Good Work FlorentFlorent, as he fills in a contract with the carpenter to pick up trash. Du courage.
Camil and TractorYou're thinking- "Wow Erika, a tractor. I really need to see a picture of this..." But I am thinking "Look! A tractor! And it hauls trash! It's sooo cool!" And I like my thought better.
The Empty MarketI am also using these pictures to try to re-create what Athieme used to look like, when it was a hopping commercial center. This marketplace is in the center of town, but only five women use it to sell basic necessities- no longer a hopping place. One can imagine, though...
I Ate Here, TooAnother building falling apart, but made much more lovely because of the smile of the lady who sold Florent and I breakfast. Breakfast included- fried fish, hot pepper, raw onion, and yet another version of boiled corn flour. Yum, and it was good.