October is the end of rainy season and the beginning of a mini hot season. Therefore, I have reached a new level of sweat. For instance, perspiring so much that my fingers begin to prune. And soaking my clothes straight through with sweat. The heat in combination with the dry sand makes sweat brown. But nothing a cold shower can't remedy for a few minutes!
Fortunately, there is more to talk about than the heat. This past week, although a short one, was Spirit Week at Sahel Academy! Student Council assigns a creative theme for each day, and the students parade the courtyard each morning in their attire, competing for best costume. The themed schedule is as follows:
I wasn't sure if I would be able to conjure enough gusto for an entire weekend of softball, but boy, I am glad that I did! NUTS stands for Niamey Universal Tournament of Softball, an entire weekend of Niamey's favorite sport! The Tournament started Friday afternoon and lasts all weekend. Imagine crowds of families, students, parents, young and old camped out with snacks and blankets and bleachers, all there to watch and participate! Teams consist of students, parents, adults, teachers, and whomever else wants to join the fun (even a couple teams from Burkina Faso!)! I played in the social league with mostly Sahel teachers on a team called the "One Hit Wonders!"
|The "One Hit Wonders!"|
|The Sahel Suns and the One Hit Wonders after a great game!|
Overall, it's been an awesome weekend of socializing, sweating, swimming in between games, eating oranges, dancing in between innings, and getting tan lines in October!
Here are some pictures with the students at the banquet: