La Madrague Ngor
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... island (I never found out about this island until too late, so never went there, but all the history of the slave trade is on this island (it cant be much different from what I have seen in the Dominican Republic)
Walking around its a really busy place, lots of people, lots of cars and taxi drivers trying to get you into their cabs, this is where not talking French comes in handy, a blank look and a shrug is enough to put most of ...
... into any other American port city. I could have been landing in Boston for all I knew. It wasn't until we got closer to the runway that you could see the buildings. Living in Sterling, I thought I lived next Dulles.... There are houses here literally RIGHT next to the runway. The only thing that separates Dakar's runway and these houses is a chain link fence. If you think you hate your loud neighbors... think again.
Hopping off the plane, we were greeted with ...
... depicts the sad history of that era.
We were off on a city tour for a change,. There was an eclectic mixture of colonial and modern architecture, there was an amazing sculpture depicting Africa, sponsored by the outgoing President but rumoured to be paid for by the North Koreans (there are a lot of rumours out here). The locals didn't like it at all, feeling the money should have ...
... on and off but it was hard to do so with all the commotion going around!
At exactly 1:45am, we departed once more into the dark sky. The flight’s duration from Johannesburg all the way to here Dakar had taken more than eight hours straight! We now had an additional eight hours and a half flight ahead of us. The joys of travelling!
The Atlantic Ocean ...
... plane and walked across the airport tarmac, the warm, tropical rushed over me and welcomed me like an old friend. Ahhhhh. THIS is what I love - not the cold, dry air of the desert, but the living, breathing air of the tropics. I immediately felt more relaxed and at home.
Customs weren't too bad - they take a photo of you, plus fingerprints from both index fingers using this crazy machine that vibrates - and then I was off. The airport is SUPER tiny - smaller than Long ...