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A New Experience

Everyday is an adventure!

sunny 32 °C

Bonjour to all my friends and family!

Just did my laundry here... by hand! (no washing machines for those of you wondering)

We will see how it turned out later today (by the way, it is about 1:30 pm here in Benin)

Yesterday we went to Porto-novo. That's where Sandra and Arielle (my wonderful travel companions) were born. And I think their father too. We met some of their family living in the village nearby.

I found out that Cotonou (where I am staying with the amazing Sagbohan family!) is actually the economic capital and Porto-novo is the Political capital.

While in Porto-novo, we went to the palace of the last King of the country (King Tofa) who died in 1976. This country is full of such interesting history. (our tour guide was hilarious, I will try to post a video that I have of him being hilarious!)

Tonight we will be going to a party that we have been invited too, I will definitely tell you all how that went... or didn't :) (it depends on whether or not I can some how miraculously learn to dance with in the next couple of hours... fat chance... but at least I tried eh?)

I am starting to understand French a bit. Picking up on peoples conversations based on words that I already understand. It's pretty cool. And funny because I answer or respond to what they say in English... two way conversation...

And even funnier, I started my own language of sorts as an attempt to communicate on some level... Frenglish... hee hee. Although it still involves a lot of pointing at things and hand gestures. It's a start right? Works so far... sort of.

Within the next couple of days, we will be traveling to Ganvie... it's a village built on the water. I can't wait. Will definitely post a lot about that!

Don't for get to check out the pictures on facebook: Facebook Album

That's all for now!

From Africa,

Jessy Blank (or Sena if you prefer ;) )

Posted by JessyB 13:49 Archived in Benin Tagged palace benin porto-novo

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