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back in America..

Well folks this is it,

My last night in Dakar ended up pretty random..We met up with Fou Malade’s younger brother, Ousmane, who brought us to a French woman’s house where a few of the rappers were getting ready for the show..We shared an omelette with Duggy Tee’s younger brother, while they played some beats from the computer.  We finally made it to the show around 3 am and it was just getting going..We were glad to hear Duggy Tee’s performance & rolled into the hotel as everyone was boarding the bus!

Now for the return-I’ve been up for two full days and have finally arrived in Billings, Montana via New York & Salt Lake.  But Im still 320 miles from home..America seems so quite and strange to me..The adjustment is quite difficult.  I guess this is what they call culture shock!

My stay in Teraanga Land was better than I could have ever imagined…

The Senegalese people were extremely kind & generous & funny..the multiple languages, food, beverage, music, art, dancing, markets, smells, streetwalking, wrestling, baobabs, peanuts, nescafe, taxis, countryside, nitelife, beaches, islands & swimming (just to mention a few) was excellent!!!

I met some new friends & family whom I look forward to communicating with.  I survived the heat (barely)..I survived the mosquitos (with only bites around the ankles)..I survived riding the Toubab bus (barely)…….But most importantly my mind and heart has opened up to a new part of the world and I can’t wait to share my experiences in Africa with my students and help open their eyes to a new culture and different perspectives.

JEREJEF to the entire WARC staff, Ton Ton Samba & Mbye (our fabulous program directors), my Sai Sai’s and all the beautiful Senegalese people whose spirit touched my life and will forever be in my memory & heart.  I am truly a different person than I was just one month ago…

Goodbye Africa, for now…I hope to return again!

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last nite in Dakar..

We are going with Fou Malade (the rapper we met earlier this month) to the Duggy Tee and Awadi show tonight..staying up all night for an earlier morning departure..its going to be painful!

This photo is Fou Malade watching a toubab dance to Fulani music..(posted an animated video of his earlier)..Im bringing home a bunch of great music from Senegal..

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Fulani music performance

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Hotel Al Afifa in Dakar

This is where we stayed while in Dakar..the hotel has wifi, airconditioning and fresh mango every morning for breakfast..What more could a person need??

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beautiful beachside at Saly…

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the one & only Pink Lake

All the mounds are salt that is taken from the bottom of the lake…

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went to Abass Abass show last night…

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Dinner w/ Senegalese family

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I met Mamadou (far right) on the plane from JFK to Dakar, almost a month ago now.  It turns out his daughter is going to the university in the US of one of our program directors…so we all met up a few times and then were invited to their family home for a fabulous dinner! It truly is a small world. 

We ate by candle light because the power was out during the entire meal and most of the evening.  The electricity is a real problem here in Dakar and all over Senegal.  There is a power outage nearly every day lasting from just moments, to a few hours, to an entire evening or afternoon.  Most places are run by generators because the electricity is so unreliable.

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Dakar Street Graffiti

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The small sampling of graffiti photos I have is represented in 6 different languages and communicates about politics, peace, working together, being united, Senegalese music and daily struggles of living in poverty.  Some powerful stuff!  The street graffiti in Dakar has become focus of my curriculum project for when I return to the classroom.

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children in Sokone village

The children in all the villages we visited were very friendly and eager to speak with us!

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sweet accomadations in Toubacouta!

Our own private bungalows!  The landscape is overlooking the Saloum river delta…very peaceful and felt like a home away from home to me!

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going into the baobab tree!

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mangroves in the Saloum river delta & Sippo village

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the beautiful countryside on the way to Toubacouta

Rural Senegal is absolutely breathtaking!  I can’t get enough of the open landscape especially after spending so much time in Dakar!

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Sokone Village

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Transportation in & around Dakar

The taxi is mostly what we ride daily to the WARC and each ride varies extremely.  It is crazy fun with all the congestion and NO traffic lights in the city just round-abouts with many, many speed bumps.  The toubab (remember that term?) bus is what we take mostly out of the city like to St. Louis and tomorrow when we leave for Toubacouta (another rural area in S. central Senegal, near the Gambia border).

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Senegalese style wrestling

This is the real deal!  Wrestling is so popular here and has a huge following.  It’s all about the lead up to each match, some which last only seconds.  The crowd is extremely enthusiastic and emotional.  The music, drumming and dancing was incredible!  It was so exciting and so much activities going on at once.

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street scenes from Saint Louis

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The beach at Saint Louis

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