Hotel Al Baraka
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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 ...
... happy for us to join in their celebrations. Our chatter was interrupted by a deep singing voice: the local Marabou leader and his cronies had come over to sing to a week-old baby. The singing filled the house and made a very impressive sound. After he had left, the girls in the house had their own party. They were singing, shouting, dancing (they made us dance the ‘takasirip’, which I haven’t quite yet mastered but involves twirling and stamping), and just ...
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 will be on Mr. Christian.
As it turned out the Equator Crossing Ceremony was quite a laugh, and the Captain staved off his inevitable fate by putting wine on everyones table, but later on in the early hours of the morning ...