First week in Africa

Trip Start Apr 07, 2008
Trip End Jun 29, 2008

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Well the first morning I was here I was woken up by the mosque and the sound of sheep pretty near by at bout 5 am... all abit surreal and I was really confused as to where I was to begin with!  The first day we had a tour around the city of Dakar- it is pretty dusty but not as dusty as I thought it would be.  So different to anywhere I have ever been in my life.  There are sheep everywhere literally along all the roadsides even the busiest and there are horses and carts (but they arent tourist traps they are generally used here) and cows in random places to!  Te buses are pretty confusing to work out and have no air conditioning so it can be a bt stuffy at peak times.  Though they are really really cheap about 20p to get from my house in Liberte 5 to the city centre which takes about an hour due to the random route and all the traffic. 

In the city centre there is the usual hustle and bustle you would expect, loads of people trying to sell you orange phone ards, random souveniers and perfume everywhere you go so you have to say 'non merci' a lot!  Other than that there seems to be a lot to see general museums; embassies and government buidlings.  We went on the theatre and they were practising a pretty good looking play so gonna try and go to the theatre at some point.

Visited the school where I am going to be workig but didn't get much further with knowing what exactly I will be teaching or what they expect of me... hoping that will becomůe clear tomorrow when I start at school...  Thinking of doing PE, duck duck gooseanyone!? maths, english, art, drama and history... Having to speak infrench to them all the time will be a bit diffiocult though... The classes are about 30 to 50 kids pretty large eh§ controlling them will be a challenge- un,deux, trois silence!!

We spent a day at Ngor Islands just chilling and relaxing on the beach eating some lush fish.  The food here is pretty cheap you can eat a really decent meal out which fills you up till dinner for about 3 pounds.  The island was cute but geztting back there may be a bit difficult as some of the buses here dont say where they are going to on them and dont have bus stops you just have to know where they stop. 

Visited the University in Dakar which is really huge.  Campus based uni but the technology there is nothing like that of UK unis they literally just have black boards and the lucky classes have OHPs no projector screens or anything.  Loads of buildings to the unis though, they can only live on campus for there under grad degree and then they live in rooms of 2.

Went ot the British Embassy to register which was pretty exciting!  Pic of the queen and london on the walls.  Also stole loo roll from there as they dont use loo roll here in Senegal and I was in desperate need of some!  Such a snob cant survive without it!!! 

Spent Saturday at Isle de Goree with Naomi another volunteer.  Its an island where they believe that slaves were kept before being trasported to USA and Europe.  Lots of history on the island so I loved it- went to the maison des esclaves and IFAN history museum.  Other than that justchilled out on the beach.  Im loving my international student card gets me loads of money off everywhere.  Saved 3.500 CFA on the bopat to goree because of it! 

Today my senegalise mama ann marie was my 'guide' for the day.  She took me to Catholic Church which I did not understand one bit!  And when they sing they dont give you any words so I had no idea what was going on!!!  They had a BBQ afters which I assumed was lunch but it was just a snack!!!  We went home and had lunch too.  They feed me so mluch here and tell me to have seconds looking upset if I dont!  But there we go, the food is goodloqds of fish and rice.  When people come in the house around lunch time or dinner time they are literally forced to eat.  A guy came in the opther evening refused to serve himself but was forced to eat and was served a huge plate by the niece its nuts!  Family are lovely though, they gave me a dress today for no real reason...

Loads of love xxx
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