A blog post from Emily, a WEC Trekker
- I was called “Sir” for the first time in my life a couple weeks ago, and it wasn’t someone trying to be funny; he was actually trying to be respectful. In Mandinka (not sure about all the other languages) there is no differentiation between he, she, and it. Those pronouns are all the same word. For this reason, men get called “her” and women get called “him” on a very frequent basis. I usually hear this mistake several times every day.
- First time being away from home for so long (I passed the previous record a couple months ago)
- First time enjoying peanut butter since I was five (I remember the day that I decided I didn’t like it pretty vividly).
- First marriage proposal. Actually, I’ve started to tally all the times that I get a marriage offer and I’m up to 11 so far since I arrived (or family members who say they have a husband for me). No worries though, Mom and Dad, I haven’t accepted any of the offers.
- First time being called “mate” (by one of our Australian team members)
- First time being wished “Cheerio” without trying to be funny