Travel Blogs from Dakar, Senegal

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C dgg-dgg (chudugadug), Dakar, Senegal travel blog

C dgg-dgg (chudugadug)

A travel blog entry by lilli466

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Salaamalekum! The past two days have been very eventful... Last night, the other students and I decided to meet up with the dancing boys that we met the other night. We brought almost our entire group along with us, so there were 13 Americans sitting ...

On Ramadan, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

On Ramadan

A travel blog entry by lilli466

The month of Ramadan has been both enlightening and extremely challenging in many ways. Senegal changes drastically during Ramadan because the vast majority of the country is Muslim. Although I'm nowhere near being an expert on the topic, I can tell you ...

Senegalese time is whenever you feel like it., Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Senegalese time is whenever you feel like it.

A travel blog entry by lilli466

After the exciting night on the town yesterday, I had a decent night of sleep, interrupted only once by weird banging noises outside of the window. This morning, I woke up to go for a run with three of the other students, and we ran in a pack along the ...

Black Friday Market, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Black Friday Market

A travel blog entry by lilli466

Better deals than Black Friday... More legal than the Black Market... It's the Black Friday Market in Cite ASECNA, Ouakam! Every Thursday night, trucks roll into the "soccer field" in my neighborhood to drop off market stands to be set up before the sun ...

What a relief!, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

What a relief!

A travel blog entry by lilli466

... , I will leave for "la Petite Cote" or Mbour, which is a small, touristy beach town south of Dakar. Today was a landmark day in Senegal not only because of the end of my independent research, but also because my homestay mother, after repeatedly telling ...

Crossing the Equator,  Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Crossing the Equator

A travel blog entry by chrisandjanet

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Today we crossed the equator and there will be the usual ceremony attended by Neptune (The Third Oiler dressed up…poor sod) tonight, Word is if we play our cards right the Captain may order extra rations and a grog of watered rum. My eyes however ...

Visa time, Dakar Senegal, Senegal travel blog

Visa time

A travel blog entry by mikeandmary

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Now on route to Dakar, having left at 7.30 we got to the centre at 1.15. We then stopped for lunch and and thought we had perfect timing to get our temporary import changed and get the vehicle passport stamped. Went to the office we ...

Let the games begin!, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Let the games begin!

A travel blog entry by lilli466

... with today. His name is Mamadou Diallo and he's a professor of law at the University Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar. He's very knowledgable about the education system in Senegal and seemed very eager to help me in my research. All of the SIT students had oral ...

I'm a Buck..., Dakar, Senegal travel blog

I'm a Buck...

A travel blog entry by tbarros

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... I thought it had a nice ring to it. The NBA donated more than 25,000 bed nets. The bed nets are very important here in Senegal, and I can speak from experience as I decided to sleep without one the first night here at the hotel. I couldn't sleep much and ...

We paid a visit to the site of the camp!, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

We paid a visit to the site of the camp!

A travel blog entry by tbarros

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... students. Today was probably the most eye opening day, I think of the whole trip. I briefly met with two gentlemen I emailed about Senegal Basketball. They met me at my hotel last night and arranged to pick me up today to show me around the city. Mactar ...

Grand mosque (Dakar, Senegal), Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Grand mosque (Dakar, Senegal)

A travel blog entry by camilo9015

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The Dakar Grand Mosque (also Grande Mosque de Dakar) is one of the most important religious buildings in the capital of Senegal. It is situated on Alle Pape Gueye Fall. Designed by French and Moroccan architects, The Grand Mosque was opened in 1964 by ...

Road Trip to Seeds Academy, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Road Trip to Seeds Academy

A travel blog entry by tbarros

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... here. Today, Nick and I are headed to check out the Seeds Academy facilities in Thies. Thies is the second largest city in Senegal to Dakar. We had breakfast and we were ready to head out at about 11:00 AM. We are riding with Coach Assane, an employee of ...

"NBA we are coming" Day 1

A travel blog entry by tbarros

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... of the Shooting Touch Sabbatical program is one of the NBA coaches working the BWB. We spoke after the scrimmages about how my time in Dakar has been, on his visit to Goree island and also our expectations for the BWB camp as we are both 1st timer’s ...

Camp Session 1 is halfway done!, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Camp Session 1 is halfway done!

A travel blog entry by tbarros

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... we left off on Monday and I can honestly say these kids learn fast. The coaches & campers are excited for next week. Tomorrow, Senegal’s National Team Head Coach will stop by the camp and talk to the campers. I am very excited about this, the ...

Happy 4th of July to everyone back home., Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Happy 4th of July to everyone back home.

A travel blog entry by tbarros

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... here in Dakar. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Seeds Project. (Sports for Education and Economic Development in Senegal). He picked me up from the hotel and helped me move my belongings. I am now living in Sibac District 6. It is a nice ...

Teaming up with

Teaming up with "Yes" & Roadtrip

A travel blog entry by tbarros

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... that Bounce Academy and Shooting Touch is teaming up with a few young aspiring leaders to help facilitate a 3-day camp in Dakar. "Yes" is an up and coming organization that is dedicated to creating programs through sports for the community of Sicap. ...

Toubab Special, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Toubab Special

A travel blog entry by lilli466

The past few days have been quite interesting. My classes are going well, although French can be a bit frustrating as we're conjugating irregular verbs to "ameliorer" (better) our vocabulary use. I'm not sure how that's helping get around the city. ...

Day 6, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Day 6

A travel blog entry by tbarros

This morning, I was introduced to really good all natural mint tea for breakfast with buttered bread, it was great. Lunch on the other hand was interesting to say the least. I tried sheep and I can say it was not my favorite dish here. I believe I will ...

BWB All Star Game- Final day of camp, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

BWB All Star Game- Final day of camp

A travel blog entry by tbarros

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August 8th (Day 38)- The last day of BWB camp was awesome, we started the day with a last round of games in the morning and then we all traveled to the Marius Ndiaye stadium where the camps top 20 players would compete against one another in the All-Star ...

Perfect start to my day..., Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Perfect start to my day...

A travel blog entry by tbarros

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So I have been a little stressed out lately because I have not had electricity at nights, therefore I have been unable to upload my blogs. I have also been in a bit of a situation because my camera has decided that it just will stop working out of no ...

CULTURE SHOCK, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

CULTURE SHOCK

A travel blog entry by lilli466

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... else was using my laptop without my permission. Of course, she apologized, but that doesn't help to relieve my frustration. Dakar is still beautiful despite my pessimism. Even in the rain, the palm trees and sandy streets are gorgeous. We went to ...

Psssst... Are you married?, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Psssst... Are you married?

A travel blog entry by lilli466

... showers, good food, and good internet connection (when our computer doesn't decide to crash). Some thoughts upon being back in Senegal: --About ten minutes after I arrived back in this country, my host father met me at the airport. I had my sandals ...

Last week of camp..., Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Last week of camp...

A travel blog entry by tbarros

Sunday (Day 24)- Today was the national championship game for two universities here in Senegal. UGB vs. DUC. The stadium had no empty seats and plenty of people standing. The atmosphere was intense and it was a close game. UGB ended up winning by a few ...

The End of the Beginning, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

The End of the Beginning

A travel blog entry by tbarros

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... a custom African pouch bag, an African necklace, an anango that is the cultural attire of the Senegalese, an “I love Senegal” tee shirt and some amazing pieces of artwork. I was in awe and so thankful for their thoughtful gesture. Today was ...

RoadBlock #2, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

RoadBlock #2

A travel blog entry by tbarros

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September 13th (Day 74)- As you probably know I had my camp tee shirts printed here in Senegal. So therefore I am leaving with more baggage than I arrived with. I have donated a good amount of clothing, but still I see myself paying for the extra luggage. ...

Everything happens for a reason, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Everything happens for a reason

A travel blog entry by tbarros

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... have just returned home from Marius Ndiaye Stadium, where I volunteered to take pictures for the international tournament game, Cape Verde vs. Senegal. It was pretty cool, I was able to get a pass that got me on the floor and snap away. Unfortunately Cape ...

Renovation Complete!, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Renovation Complete!

A travel blog entry by tbarros

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Today was the final day of renovating the court and it looks AMAZING. The campers were all playing and enjoying their newly renovated court, but I had to send them all home early to get some rest, because tomorrow is the first official day of camp. Camp ...

Zzzaturday, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Zzzaturday

A travel blog entry by tbarros

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... . Finally around 3pm the tee shirt packages came in the mail. They look as fresh as can be. Everything is coming together and I love Senegal thus far. My roommate said of my long hours in bed, "you are like a battery on the charger and it looks like your ...

Rough City, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Rough City

A travel blog entry by phileasfarx

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So, urban Africa. It's quite a smack in the face really.  Dakar is one of Africa’s urban giants and it is a tough, rough, sweatshop of a city.  Generally a sprawling mess with people everywhere, living and working in often appalling ...

Gambian Guides and Glorious Gazelles, Dakar, Senegal travel blog

Gambian Guides and Glorious Gazelles

A travel blog entry by lilli466

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... laa ci Dakar. TRANSLATION: Hellooo! My name is Maggie Place. I'm from Pennsylvania, USA, but now I live in Ouakam in Dakar, Senegal. I'm American, and I'm a student in Dakar. Now you can practice at home! Yesterday, SIT arranged a "drop-off" ...

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