Sunday was a fantastic day. We got to sleep in a little and then went out to finish the data collection which did not take long since we did a lot Friday and Saturday. Earlier they picked up Adou’s Grandma and drove her to church and while they were finishing the data collection I went to pick her up and drive her home from Church. She finds me very interesting and really likes my Skyline socks that I have worn here. To make money she spins cotton and she showed me today how she does it. Impressive.
Anyways, I arrived at church early so I went in and sat down and then I eventually became part of the service and introduced myself to the congregation (with the microphone) in French. I thought my French was pretty good actually. I even said a prayer today in French at breakfast. (Pretty simple: Thank you god for my friends. Thanks for my family. Thank you for the food. Amen.) Eventually got Granny in the car and drove her home—pretty funny with the whole congregation and kids watching and waving as some random white guy drove home an 80 plus year old African granny in a Mercedes. In a way, it felt like driving my Grandpa places, with this tiny old lady barking at me in a language that I have no idea how to speak.
After we finished collecting data, I felt a real sense of accomplishment since the data collection was all done. We collected 318 observations here and got over 1,000 total. Awesome. So I wanted to take everyone to go swimming and have lunch like we do in Bassam. Didn’t really work out. Drove to the main town and the pool at the hotel was empty. We stayed and had lunch and it was great. They made us a fantastic grilled chicken with really good sides. Then we stopped at the main market in town to get stuff to bring back to the village and that was a lot of fun. Sunday market with a lot going on.
Got back and I witnessed the rat hunt. Not sure if they caught it but they were definitely digging a lot. We went back and changed to go play soccer. We bought a ball and one for the kids where we are staying. We went to the dirt field and started kicking the ball around. Then the crowd grew and we started playing a game of keep away with the loser in the center. Lots of fun. Eventually that turned into a full on game as people started arriving. Pretty funny as we had a ref who kept time and made calls and even a crowd as people in the village came out to watch us play. Some of the kids were fantastic players, but I am terrible unfortunately. I can’t play defense at all and my offense is fragile at best. Still, it is so much fun to play I just wish I was better at it.
Left Monday morning after breakfast and good-byes. Pretty easy trip back although got pulled stopped by the cops four or five times. C’est la vie.
John Doces. Je vous écris de la Côte-d'Ivoire en Afrique.