The guinea soup stayed down and I feel better. It was really good. Uschi is a great
cook. We had breakfast of Kneckebrot - dry bread a little like melba toast. Reinhard says
we will be in Ouagadougou this afternoon after lunch.
By 8:30 we saw two dogs on the way to Ouaga. One prick ear basenji type and the other semi
erect red pup. Neither were Azawakh type. Uschi says the Basenji type dogs are called
Senji, meaning a wild dog that lives near the people. How can the Azawakhs be pure here
with these Senji dogs roaming at will. All weve seen today were pricked or
semi-erect eared with just a bit of underline.
At lunch, we were visited by some boys with another Senji, red with white markings. They
are nice looking dogs - midsize, prick ears, long tail (curling or not), longer hair like
a Lab. I got a picture of him. Had Guinea soup for lunch. Uschi added some tomato paste
and some spices. It was very good. We also had some cookies from Burkina called AKADI.
They are small and round - taste kind of like an animal cracker. We arrived in Ouaga
in the afternoon. Stopped by the German Embassy to find out where Christiane
Schlenters friends lived. Had to wait an hour, so we went to a place called Cafe du
Art - basically a bar with African art for sale. It had some really great stuff. Bought
many things and a black iron statue of a woman and child for Rhonda. The wooden ones were
just to crude. This one is elegant and elongated. Also got a gourd rattle for Cindy and
Debbie, several necklaces, cri-cri and two silver crosses, several baskets with leather
trim and two more plain daggers to give for the specialty show. The German people are nice
and hospitable. Their house is very nice with lots of great African things inside, but
none as nice as my stuff! The African man who waits for him will get me some batiks
tomorrow. He got some nice ones for the Germans for 5000 CFA, but I think he made a profit
for himself. Uschi and I will got to AirFrance tomorrow morning to see if I can leave
earlier than Monday. I really dont want to stay here two days without Uschi. Then
maybe we can go to the GrandMarche (the Grand Market) in the middle of town and Uschi also
has to pick up mail at the German Embassy. If I have to stay here, it will be really
uncomfortable for no one speaks any English. But the parents of the man stationed here are
visiting and they are booked on my flights on Monday, so its no problem to get to
the airport. We supped on Tuna fishwith fresh French Baguettes on the patio of this house,
while they dined inside. The baguettes were SO good, still warm from the oven. I still
have 49,000 CFA, approximately $83. Its amazing that all the things that I bought so
far, cost only a little more than $200.
Mosquitoes are really bad here, but this European quarter is really nice. Like a lush
tropical garden kept so with constantly sprinkling water.