Yes, it is true, being in Senegal cannot stop me from celebrating my favorite holiday
! While I was home in September, I went on a shopping spree at Target to buy supplies for a HUGE Halloween fete (party). There were scary stories, many screams at knocks at the door, and everyone enjoyed the candy corn and decorations. My friends Biz and Lauren, knowing how much I love Halloween, bought me two large squash from the market in Kedougou to carve for the Halloween dinner and trick-or-treating extravaganza. Biz and I sat in the dark carving our beatiful jack-o-lanterns and, once we had our flashlights inside, we went door-to-door to do some opposite-trick-or-treating by giving out candy corn and spreading the Halloween cheer! Could there have been more hyphenated words in that sentence? I think not. After that, we had our group dinner at the hotel and everyone put forth an incredible effort to create some really interesting Halloween costumes! We had pirates and mosquitoes, chickens and Charlie Chaplin. It was quite the party. And after all is said and done, I can say that I truly brought Halloween to Africa!
Deep in the forest of baobab trees, below the towering cliffs of the Guinean/Senegalese mountain range, monkeys led us with their cries to a secret hideaway called Dindefello. Eighteen American students and four Senegalese guides trekked through hot sand and maneuvered around webs of poisonous spiders and large rocks where snakes make thier homes. We crossed small creeks by swinging on sturdy vines and eventually ended up at the foot of an enormous waterfall, the waterfall of Dindefello! One by one, the eager students climbed onto the wet rock below the waterfall and let the water surround them. Some of the most adventurous students, myself included, made the daring dive into the depths of the pool below Dindefello. I could have swam for hours if it wouldnt have been Halloween -- there were festivities to arrange!