Dakar dafa lekk xalis!
Trip Start Mar 11, 2007
27Trip End May 2009
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Dakar has been very hectic and I really do try to avoid coming but if you are at all ever missing home, Dakar is a great place to go to visit the super market and eat at some restaurants of food you are missing. However this means that your salary that is meant for village life does not hold out long in the big city. After visiting a friend in another village and doing a 40 k bike ride to the famous bird park of St. Louis, Dakar was hardly relaxing. However it does bring some perks, like the super market, free modern dance show at the French cultural center, great great Lebanese food and Thai (which was eaten on my birthday) and fun surrounding islands like Ils de la Madelene and Ngor Island. I got my fix of nature and exploring and am now ready to return to the desert.
I am doing OK these days, still a little frustrated with the school, but the ideas keep coming so I am bound to find something that'll work eventually, also we had an "all volunteer conference" and I really like the new county director. It felt good to be in the room with all volunteers and really feeling like we were a part of the bigger picture. We will all have to work on Ending Malaria initiatives and tree planting. I now feel motivated to go back and keep trying.
I miss you all so much. Also if anyone knows of schools or classes that want french or even English pen pals from Africa, please let me k now I would love to start a pen pal exchange. My next projects include a possible collaboration with the middle school on teaching about alternate sources of energy. A theater and art class and Karate group. Working on strengthening the Environmental Education club, a kids garden and getting each of the classes to come to the garden once a week. Also Earth Day is coming up (April 22) and myself and the surrounding volunteers are planning some festivities. Also I will try to get a small celebration for International Women's Day on March 8th. Always things to do or try to do so I will continue to do what I can.
Send me your thoughts, pics, pretty things to put on my wall and music. I will post pictures soon!
love Diarra Coundoul