Blast of Benin #8

It’s 10:30pm. After spending a couple hours earlier worrying about my house flooding after watching the water seep from under my doorway and slowly fill up my hall. I was able to just leisurely lay in bed reading one piece I got really into it but I started to get sleepy, since tomorrow  is Wednesday  (my free day) I was like hey why stress I should just go to bed. I prepare to go to sleep I see the biggest greenest meanest insect of my life and immediately I felt my life force being drained away from me. I went through all my possible options and eventually decided to walk to my host family’s house and ask for help. I made the 10 second trek through the rain to their house. 

“Ko Ko Ko!” I said to let them know someone was standing in the dark, in the rain, outside of their window.

My brother came out so see me perched on a rock, hands folded like I was praying  covering my nose and mouth. I tried to force a light and breezy smile and asked “are you busy?” 

He smiled and said yes, looking very confused because I’m known for discouraging people from walking around at night and I don’t leave my house when it’s raining.

“Well there is a big big big big big insect in my room and I will die. Can you help me?” -Me 

He goes back in the house to get his shoes and I instantly groan inside because now the whole family will know, which means the concession will know, which means everyone in village will know about tonight.

My mom comes out and asks what is it? What did I see? Her face grows a little concerned when she sees me in my praying hands covering my face stance (That I subconsciously go in apparently when I feel extreme fear or anxiety) which reflecting on makes me look quite serious and withdrawn and probably a little frightening  especially since I’m always laughing and smiling.

“I don’t know. A monster?”- Me 

10 second trek back to my house. 

“Keep your shoes on.”, I say making sure my best line of defense is fully prepared for battle.

I scurry to my hallway so I can just barely see the monster posted on my bedroom wall and I whisper, “There!”

AND EMMANUEL GRABS IT WITH HIS BARE HANDS AND SAYS SEE YOU TOMORROW AND WALKS OUT MY HOUSE LIKE NOTHING HAPPENED!!!

I can’t deal man… 

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Blast of Benin #6

I ate fresh peanuts for the first time. I didn’t realize that I’ve never had fresh peanuts before coming to Benin. They’re always dry roasted and lightly salted. I definitely prefer fresh peanuts over the other ones. The roasted ones are always too dry for me and I can’t eat more than like 5. When I first tried it I didn’t know it would be covered in white skin lol

 “ummm do I just peel this white stuff off or do I eat it… Oh why is it damp?”

“You’ve never eaten Peanuts before?!”