Senegal

Transportation in Senegal

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Transportation in Senegal

Hit the Road…In Senegal! My love for Senegal is an acquired love, much like wine. At first I wrinkled my nose at it, and now I just can’t stop drinking it all in. I love the mixture of people, the big bowls of peanut sauce on rice, the open friendliness, and the opportunity to see everything from the uninhabited white beach coastline of the Atlantic to the forested mountains and chimpanzee havens of Kedougou. As much as I love exploring Senegal, transportation here can be frustrating, especially if you’re accustomed to the roomy,...

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Meet Me in St. Louis, Senegal

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Meet Me in St. Louis, Senegal

Before I came to Senegal, the only St. Louis I was familiar with was the one that houses The Arch as its feature tourist attraction and was the inspiration for a musical in which Judy Garland belts out, “Meet me in St.Louis, Louis, Meet me at the fair…” And don’t get me wrong, I love the city of St. Louis, Missouri. But I’m going to be honest, it ain’t got nothin’ on St. Louis, Senegal. St. Louis is hauntingly beautiful in the way that, when you are there, it’s almost as if you blinked your eyes the wrong way and landed yourself in a European...

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Finding Magic in Kedougou

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Finding Magic in Kedougou

As a young girl, I always wished I could soar on the back of a dragon into the misty mountains. In my fantasy world, I would fight alongside the elves of the forest and fairies of the river to defeat whatever evil lurked within that mysterious land. Kedougou, the southeast region of Senegal, is a landscape that made me catch my breath and wonder if I’d stepped into a storybook. Although I was not riding a dragon, I could have been as I bounced along the dusty red road and drank in the landscape like it was a magical potion that would make me...

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A Toubaco in Senegal

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A Toubaco in Senegal

A Toubaco in Senegal Toubaco! Toubaco! I listened to the girls shout the name that marked me as an outsider. Toubahako, one bolder girl shouted, adding the offensive -hako to the end of the word. I biked by them and pretended to be interested in the road in front of me. Leaf pants? I said to myself, translating the Pulaar into English. Is that really the most insulting thing they could come up with? If you are planning on traveling to Senegal, there’s something you gotta know first. It’s not all tribal dancing, exotic animals, and friendly...

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