Tag Archives: My Concession

Blast of Benin #11

So for the first 4 months of living in Benin I could not charge my phone in my house. Instead everyday I had to go to my host family’s house to charge. Going over there everyday want a problem for me because I basically go there everyday because they are my family. No really I harassed them to the point that they basically adopted me for better or worse lol

My issue with charging my phone there was that I was consistently stealing their electricity. I felt so uncomfortable because I would want to charge my phone and my tablet, so I would basically be attached all the time.

I had been talking to multiple people how to get the electricity in my house going and finally one day Papa Propertaire was like hey Biia I’m ready to attach this thingy to the outlet so you can charge your phone (not a direct quote). So I was excited!!!!

So he came in and CUT open the wires with pliers with no rubber on them. And started moving the wires around with his BARE HANDS also unprotected with rubber. And I’m standing behind him like😰…

Me: I don’t know Papa Propertaire… this isn’t dangerous to just be touching all this stuff? Like the electricity could hurt you…

PP: What? Hahaha! No, I’m use to this stuff.

Me: I don’t think that’s how electricity works…

PP: Do you have une Lame?

Me: une lame?…

PP: yes

Me: *makes high pitch mmmmmm noise that I make when a student writes the wrong answer* a what?

PP: you know the thing you cut your nails with…

Me: oohhhh yes yes I’ll go get it *brings back a nail clipper*

Me:😊

PP:😐

Me:☺

PP:πŸ˜‘

Me:πŸ™‚

PP: NO

Me:πŸ™ƒ I’ll just ask to borrow my host family’s lame…

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Blast of Benin #2

So I let the kids in my concession play with my tennis ball in my living room but things were getting kinda wild and overwhelming. I wanted to send them outside to play but return the ball afterwards. They weren’t listening so I locked them out the house without the ball. So they go to my window screaming “MAMA!! GIVE US THE BALL!!” Just faces and arms reaching through my window smh I eventually gave them the ball after making them repeat back the ball instructions (don’t throw the ball in Sister Biia’s house. Play outside with the ball. When done playing with the ball give it back.)

I can’t wait to get my screens on my window