Trip Start Sep 05, 2012
70Trip End Dec 22, 2012
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We had lunch at the French institute, a very civilised chilled restaurant in the heart if downtown Dakar. Still so hot 39degrees today
Directions to the Gabon embassy proved interesting! So far the people are very friendly but specific they are not! Ask for directions and immediately a crowd gathers and in amongst much arm waving and discussion you're sent in a very general direction... The destination sometimes being up to 5km away... up this road, over that way, go, you will see....
For diner we went to the les almadies quarter, amazing seafood served on the beach in very informal restaurants. Adrian fancied mussels and seeing a kilo on the menu for 3000cfa he thought it was a winner, it turned out to be 12 very large very tasty mussels but not a kilo. Very amusing to watch adrian arguing with a 9 year old waitress over false advertising... Bring on trading standards!
The African renaissance statue is a huge monument to regenerating Africa, apparently a further 6 million euros has to be spent on it lengthening the women's dress...haha it is short!
We went to Goree island this afternoon, it opened as a slave holding station before they were sent to America. It ran for 4 centuries and over 20million slaves passed through. It is an amazingly beautiful place with a very sad past. I imagine quite spiritual if you can get a moment without a hawker in your face every two feet.
Very keen to get going again now, probably one more night in Dakar. Having dinner with Cheikh and his family tonight, more good people just helping out!