Aug 17, 2007
Sep 22, 2007
These are not all from personal experience, but I'm happy with vicarious learning by advice and from observing others! Even if you aren't such a learner, at least now you'll know what you're getting yourself into on some things. Hopefully I'll have more to pass on later.
Random advice for future visitors to Senegal: don't eat overripe fruit (feeling the effects of learning this one the hard way...); re-apply sunscreen; even though you think a safari style hat with rim all around will get you made fun of, it will actually make people jealous-wear one; watch out for snakes and scorpions in the bush (no worries, this one's random advice, not personal experience); before talking to anyone or asking any questions, always greet them and ask how they are. The entire, "How's the family? And work? And the health? And the house..." etc. does not seem to be necessary, but if you don't ask how they are doing, you'll appear rude and more than uninitiated. Finally, if you aren't used to eating seafood (me), don't order something "just to try it" expecting it to be served how it might be at home. You will find eyes staring up at you, appendages moving and shells to be removed. Try someone else's first and order it yourself next time knowing what will be set in front of you!