Dakar, the city
Dakar is a good introducation to life in a 3rd world country. It is largely Islamic, French-speaking and has one of the largest universities in West Africa. Below are some pictures from the city.
|view from the roof of my apartment|
|Typical scene. The men are carrying bed foam pads; the boys are playing soccer:)|
|Horse carts share the roads.|
|Mamelle Mosque on Plage d'Ouakam|
|Fishing. Pulling in the nets for the day.|
Me with University Cheick Anta Diop students across the street from campus.
|Dust storm over the city.|
|Some of the awesome African crafts for purchase in one of their many |
Villages of Senegal
Reserve de Bandia
Giraffes and animals you would normally picture in Africa are not native to Senegal. Reserve de Bandia is a protected area where you can view some of these animals on a mini-Safari.
Ile de Goree
Goree Island is a tourist attraction due to it's tragic history as a major slave-trading port. It has a heart-breaking beauty as you walk through the colorful buildings and pass clear blue water to the Maison des Esclaves (House of Slaves).
Ile de Ngor
Ngor Island is a surfer's paradise. It has some of the best waves in Senegal and is a beautiful tourist attraction with colorful houses and restaurants. I have a whole photo album of just doors and gates that I found there, but that is for a different post.
Ile aux Serpents
Snake Island is by far my favorite. It is one of the uninhabited islands of the Iles des Madeleines. You can pay one of the fishermen to take you out on their boat, and they will come and pick you up that evening. Be sure to bring lots of sunscreen because there is only one lonely little tree on that whole rocky island. There is a small lagoon that has the most calm, clear water I have ever seen. You can jump off rocks and float all day. Just be careful of the sea urchans lining the shallow rocks surrounding the lagoon. It is an amazing place to explore.
Senegal will always hold a very special place in my heart.