What a fantastic weekend! Saturday, Bertrand’s brother celebrated his daughter’s baptism. Then a business dinner with Cagesco-Afrique, a client of ours. (He asked us to conduct an email campaign to market the dinner; we did it in return for a minimal fee and free invites to the dinner). Then a birthday party at Bertrand’s family home.
Sunday was a colleague’s birthday, so more delicious food and drink, followed a meeting for Pink Bénin, an organization founded by a friend and breast cancer survivor to help women pay for treatment of the same here in Benin.
And of course, yesterday was Tabaski (Eid al-Adha, elsewhere in the world). More drink. More food. We stopped by a friend’s place to drop off some information for Pink-Bénin. His office is in a Muslim neighborhood, and all up and down his road, there were crazy wooden structures designed for optimal grilling deliciousness. Here in southern Benin, most Muslim families each buy a sheep, to be slaughtered and prepared the day-of. In the north, families buy sheep, goats, and cow. Delicious!
Grilled or fried red meat + starch (akassa or pâte) + insanely hot pepper sauce + beer (or not, depending on where you are in the country)+ good company = my idea of a perfect way to celebrate just about anything.
Anyway, that’s where I’ve been for the last three days and why I didn’t even get a chance to look at the enormous pile of work currently sitting in my inbox.