I learned an important Wolof lesson on Monday. The word for ‘mother-in-law’ sounds an awful lot like the word for ‘monkey’. (At least it does to my toubab ears.)

Since then, I’ve learned another lesson. If your in-laws come to see you in Senegal and you don’t post pictures or blog about their visit within four days, the fam back home gets restless and starts looking for their pitchforks.

So please consider this post a peace offering… and a promise of more to come. Soon. Really. Pictures, stories and all.

In the meantime, test yourself with this exercise. Solutions in the comments section below.

1) Senegalese food tastes even better when you’re eating it with friends and sharing it with someone who is having it for the very first time.

__ True   ___ False

2) Being the center of Grandma and Grandpa’s attention is a real struggle for Pape.*

__ True   ___ False

3) A publishing deadline + head cold is not a good combo.

__ True   ___ False

4) Dirty laundry multiplies when you put it in a suitcase and explodes all over the place when you unpack.

__ True   ___ False

5) Hearing someone ask, “What’s that smell?” never ceases to make me laugh when in Senegal.

__ True   ___ False

* Pape: See the green tab at the top of the page.

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