a starbucks latte with an extra shot of african drug lord

girlwithgumption lisbon, portugal, peace corps senegal

“We should take her to meet the Hooreejo (chief),” a member of the slowly expanding Pulaar émigré crowd around me in praca dos restauradores suggested. I had spent close to an hour eavesdropping on their conversation before I revealed–much to their surprise–that I could speak Pulaar. I understood that the novelty of a white girl in Lisbon who could speak …

djenne: or why all travel decisions should be based on whatever is on the cover of the guidebook

girlwithgumption djenne, mali, peace corps senegal

After Dogon Country one of my traveling buddies, Christine, and I decided to continue our tour of  Mali.  I had a sneaking suspicion that this vacation was actually making me more crazy instead of the other way around and thought extending the entire thing would stave off the cray cray a little longer.  What? You don’t understand that logic? In …