I recently went on a road trip to two relatively small towns in Burkina Faso – Bobo and Banfora. On these trips, I couldn’t help but be reminded of how simple life could be. There were things that kept popping up. These are not the only ways that life is much simpler in Burkina than in the States, rather, Texas, like I’m used to…
At every restaurant we stopped at, they have a very distinct way of washing hands. [See above picture.] The simple act of washing your hands before a meal is still very much alive here – mostly because the amount of dust in the air carries so much bacteria.
Each of the two systems we saw is utterly simple: a bucket or kettle of water (sometimes soap, too) and a waste bucket beneath. This idea is so simple, yet, in the States this would seem so incredibly foreign. We are accustomed to going to the restroom to wash our hands, not walking a couple of tables over (or staying at your table) to wash hands. BONUS: my little kids LOVED washing their hands, AKA playing with water, while we ate our meal. How simple life could be if we didn’t know about modern conveniences.
When doing a google search on baby wearing, there are almost ten million hits within seconds…the first website to pop up is an international organization trying to get women to carry their babies again. (Unfortunately, they offer different products to buy…so, make sure to check out the video below for using a bed sheet as a baby carrier!) Forget about strollers… what if we went back to basics?
Women in Africa carry their babies with them almost everywhere. Yep, you got it, even to work. They position them on their back and hustle through their day. Whereas, in most developed countries around the world, strollers and baby carriers are prevalent. But, how simple life could be, if we just grabbed materials we had and used them for a different purpose. I mean, isn’t finding a new purpose for things the foundation of Pinterest? 😉 So, watch below as I show you how to baby wear with a bed sheet!
Wondering where we stayed? Here is our hotel spot in Bobo (by the way, it’s getting a complete make over and remodel, which in a few months makes me think it will be AWESOME!). Here is our hangout in Banfora.
Somehow, the people here in Burkina are amazing at just waiting. They sit and wait for a sale at their maquis (store). The majority of people here have no access to running water or electricity on a regular basis, so they are adept at sitting quietly – reflecting on themselves or simply sitting in nature. It made me think of how simple life could be without all of our self-created distractions. (Yes, I am sitting here typing on my computer and scanning the internet! BUT, I also take as much time out of my day to unplug and observe the world around me.)
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