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You know you’ve had an awesome summer when your Senegalese friend tells you you’re fat (and some resulting thoughts on body image)

Roughly 24 hours after arriving back in Dakar from a glorious (somewhat gluttonous) summer in the U.S., I’m at the local grocery store picking up some essentials: bleach, toilet paper, and like thirty kilos of cheddar cheese (because hey, you never know when cheddar might be out of stock for months, so you buy up when you get the chance. True story: the lady working the deli counter once asked Rick if he owned a restaurant because he bought so much cheddar cheese.) Naby is the general manager of the store. We’ve been friends since he was just the produce guy, and the thing you should know about him is that he’s the kind of guy you want to introduce to your single friends. Young, cute, a smile that takes up most of his face…the kind of guy who goes out of his way to make sure he’s the one

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