Relaxing in the heat of the day. Outside the calm of this room was the bustle of the city - it was two days before Tabaski - the biggest holiday of the year. Travel through the city was next to impossible, so we sat and quietly talked the afternoon away. In the process I was introduced to many Malians and came to learn of the burning need to earn enough money to buy a goat to celebrate the holiday. In the course of this afternoon I came to understand that a "good" goat will cost as much as 60,000cfa. In acts of desperation people will trade their motorcycle (mottos) for a goat, even a car. In other instances families will purchase a goat on credit and pay it off the rest of the year. In yet other instances, families will come together and pool their resources to acquire a goat. The message of the afternoon was clear, you are not worthy if you cannot provide a goat for your family.