First point of entry: Dakar
Trip Start Apr 04, 2017
20Trip End Apr 26, 2017
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Another trip through the French African zone started on Tuesday. It started inauspiciously with flight delays and rebookings. The last few weeks have been even busier that a pre-trip period usually is. My online class on the books of Daniel and Revelation is underway, so I had to be prepared in advance for my three week absence. This meant recording two classes a week instead of one for the last three weeks. And while I was doing that, I was also teaching the classes live at Foundation Institute, so I was engaged in a great deal of teaching and recording.
I was surprised on landing to see that the airport was very dark. Usually they're brightly lit, but as I watched the forward mounted camera feed on the screen, this one wasn’t easily visible from the sky. Even on the ground I found it very dim, surprisingly so. But formalities went relatively quickly. The lines at immigration were long but moved well. No visa is required for entry into Senegal. The agent just scanned my passport and the index fingers of both hands, ask me where I was staying and wished me well.
We’re on the verge of the Sahara here, but the night was cool and lovely, thought I could sense the dust in the air as is often the case around the Sahara. When we lived in Provence in France, we would sometimes find our car coated in a fine film of dust which had been blown all the way across the Mediterranean from the Sahara. It’s a big desert.
I waited with a tall Nordic fellow while the driver made sure there were no other passengers and then we drove, yes, 20 minutes to the Ibis. I was told when I tried to check in that I was being upgraded to the Novotel next door. That’s a three-star instead of a two-star hotel. I was not told why, but it was clear they were having some sort of problem at the Ibis. It was10:00 pm by this time. I dropped my bags, put my laptop in the room safe and walked down for a sandwich, since the meal on the plane had been a late lunch for me.
It took almost an hour to get my chicken sandwich. The waiter apologized and offered me a complimentary desert to atone for the wait.
Now I’ll turn in and should sleep well, I’ve been going on two hours’ sleep for about 30 hours now.