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im a bit overwheled with all the different impressions i got so far that im finding it difficult to find words, but i finally want to write a bit about my experience to let you know about it and also to keep some memory for myself I guess. We (Denise – another student and GŁnter – a senior student and gentleman in person ;) ) spent 4 days in Dakar, the capital. Two days ago we arrived in St. Louis the city we are gonna study in. Right now im sitting in a room with 7 other students trying to follow a discussion in french about the hot topic right now, the elections coming up in february. Im glad cause often they speak in Wolof, the language most people speak here. We are listening to moby as well since we just exchanged music . It's a special situation at the moment cause the present president Abdullaye Wade wants to candidate for his third period which is against the constitution (only two periods allowed)
I’ll skip the part about the non luxurious situations here which could be a challenge for people who are used to have clean toilets and nice bedrooms – I don’t mind it. Rain season is almost over, but Its still really hot. Last Sunday the temperature measurement maschine said 45 degrees in the sun and we stopped bothering about feeling fresh ;)
Officially uni has started, but most of the students will only arrive after Tabaski – a muslim holiday in about two weeks. We were well introduced from the first day on into what people here call African time. We registered into a French course in town and after the lectures have started we might be able to also register at university. Im actually really looking forward to learning French. And I have to say right now I cannot express how happy I am just to be able to experience life in a different part of the world. I’ve been a tourist in some countries, on religious missions in others and on spiritual searches again in other countries, but I’ve never lived and studies in one. Im so glad I decided to come.
The family in Dakar was amazing. We feel like we are a part of the family. They told us we are always welcome to visit anytime and if we don’t do it its our problem.