Family Trip to Abene

Trip Start Jan 14, 2014
Trip End Mar 16, 2014

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Flag of Senegal  , Ziguinchor,
Monday, March 10, 2014

   I still had not visited Abene town. I wanted to see where Annie had been catching babies as well as the big tree. She had said that it was like Kafountine but way smaller and quieter. Indeed it was.
   We arrived at the clinic around 10 a.m. and left Annie to help Fidel, the nurse, with morning patients. We went to see the tree just south of town.
   It turns out that this tree is actually six ficus trees growing together. There are a handful of other trees of other species also sharing the spot. I managed to get some nice vertical panoramas of the seen. We were greeted by a few kind children who were picking up trash and keeping the place nice. The tree grows at one end of a small soccer field. We paid our dues to the children in the form of 1000 CFA. 
   The children left us, and we were hanging out under this giant tree, eating oranges and bread when Franklin pooped. It was a big one. I had extra diapers but no wash water or wipes, and I was not sure what to do. Jah was watching. A kind young woman walked by and saw what was happening. She went to the nearest yard and fetched us water. After we were all cleaned up, she showed me a great technique for putting on a diaper while sitting on the ground by laying baby on your outstretched legs. Who knew?
   Ever grateful, we went back to town to get Annie and some lunch. There are two kinds of restaurants in Senegal. One kind is locally owned and operated and serves mostly locals for around 1000 CFA per huge plate. The other kind is usually owned and operated by French people to serve tourists. You will pay at least 2500 CFA per plate, and the plate will not fill you up. The food will taste good either way, but know your budget and which proprietors you want to support.
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