Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Lived in a mud hut in Africa

While stationed with VITA, in Burkina Faso, I lived in a mud hut with a grass roof. My humble hut was located about 10 miles outside of the capital city of Ouagadougou. Just enough room for a bed and a small table. A mosquito net kept most of the bugs out at night! No running water, but there was a pump... so cold showers! And a hole in the ground surrounded by a woven grass mat fence served as the bathroom.

No electricity either! So I used the light of a kerosine lamp to write in my journal. Was really very enjoyable for on the night of the full moon, the villages in the surrounding area were alive with the sound of drums and singing! And in the dark of the moon, the air was so clear and the stars seemed so close that it felt as though one could just reach out and touch them.

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