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... at the Lycee FOSCO. Their showpiece was a sketch about pollution followed by a translation of the poem ‘Joal, Je me rappelle’ written by Leopold Sedar Senghor (first president of Senegal).
After the FOSCOs comes the ‘sorties’ i.e. school trips. When you think of school trips in the UK, you think vaguely educational, fun and SANDWICHES. Of course, Senegal isn’t the UK. My first trip was a visit to Goree Island with ...
... flag and singing the national anthem, it took 30 minutes to allocate the children into their classes. I was put with the 'petite section’, the younger 2-3 year olds. I found myself teaching the children how to hold a pencil, whilst the teacher texted her maties. She kept saying ‘I’m making the most of the toubab’ – basically having the day off!! I found the language barrier with the children difficult, but we managed to sing some songs together ...
... and actions you have done that day are all in peace. Besides greetings, my family gets a kick out of my sentences because they make me sound like a three year old, like when I say I am going to the bathroom, or I am washing my cloths, but they understand which is key. Also, I think that my French is improving, which is so exciting! I cant wait for the day that I am able to understand what everyone is saying on tv!!
This next week is going to busy! It ...
It's a 20 minute journey by ferry (more or less) to get to Gorée. Gorée Island is now classified as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. It's quite beautiful and with traces of the old days. Near the port you'll find the local police station, which used to be a Portuguese Chapel from the XV century and also the first building ever built in Gorée.
There are lots and lots of people, trying to sell products and local craftsmanship. ...
... in the beginning of this trip, our main goal was to relax and sunbathe, and not go everywhere on trips. And so, we did that!
The fishermen boats come ashore quite a few times in the morning. The early fishery is great, as they come ashore with their catch and they sell fresh fish to the locals and tourists nearby. If you want, you can go on a tour with the fishermen, to see how they work and to live their lives for a while... and in the end, keep your catch of the day! :)