ndank: slowly

There is a Senegalese proverb that goes: Ndank ndank, mooy japp golo ci ñaay. Translated literally it means, Slowly, slowly, one catches the monkey in the brush. If you rush after the monkey, he will run away. But to creep up after him step by step, and you will succeed.

It is a proverb deeply applicable here. Slowly the afternoon is spent drinking àttaya. Slowly, day by day, I am getting better at Wolof, more accustomed to the Senegalese ways, finding my place in this new life.


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