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Sep 8, 2012 - St. Louis Senegal

After Stopping to restock our supplies in Lisbon, Portugal, we decided to sail to St. Louis Senegal. It is a port city in Africa. I was extremely excited to visit a continent I have only dreamed of seeing. Our sail was uneventful. We were always on the look out for pirates. Upon arriving in the port of St. Louis, we met members of the Mandinka tribe. They were there to trade gold and jewelry with tourists and travelers. I couldn't wait to trade something for a gold necklace for my mom! I bartered with a younger member named Muruthi, which...

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Sep 13, 2010 - Saint-Louis

Deutscher Text unten --------------------- Lundi on s'est mis en route pour Saint-Louis, au nord du Sénégal. Après 4h de route entassés dans un taxi brousse (appelé aussi "7 places") tout pourri et évidemment sans clim, on est arrivés à bon port. Saint-Louis est une petite ville construite sur une île par les colons européens, c'est pourquoi on y retrouve l'architecture typique de cette époque. La ville est plutôt jolie, c'est agréable de se promener dans les petites ruelles colorées, même si la plupart des maisons tombent en ruine. Ça me...

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May 30, 2008 - Leaving for real this time

So now it's for real, now I am really going to leave San Louie. Tomorrow morning, after breakfast me and one other volunteer are going to rock on down to Dakar, leaving San Louie forever. Or at least the forseeable future. The other vol is looking forward to being in the West on Sunday, but I'm bringing the best of the West to me!! My parents and brother are coming in to Dakar on Saturday, and we are spending a week in Saly, to the south of Dakar. I am so excited for it!! I cannot wait to see my family, I cannot wait to see this hotel. On...

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May 23, 2008 - Impressive

You know, I always think how annoying my five year olds are, and I never give them credit for how impressive they are... Like, all of my kids know how to snap. Skipping is apparently too difficult, but snapping they have down. I don't think I could snap until I was 10. That whole learning a second language thing. American kids are satisfied with English until puberty, but Senegalese five year olds are already working things out in French, which has nothing to do with their native tongue. I have one little girl from the Gambia who doesn't...

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Apr 17, 2008 - Oh yeah, real life

So, now things have calmed down a bit in San Louie. I'm completely back to normal, after three showers and a marathon of washing clothes. There is no descriptive terms strong enough for how dirty I was after traveling :) Now it's back to a regular routine of work, English clubs, hanging out with volunteers, hanging out with the family. I'm sticking to San Louie for awhile now, because I'm a little burnt out with all my traveling. But, it's a cool place so who is complaining? Work is good! The kids were excited to see me, and after such a...

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Apr 12, 2008 - Back to Party!

After a few days to recouperate in San Louie, it was time for the next big event, my birthday party!! I had asked Claire (our staffer that organizes all social events) if I could do something special and she, being the amazing person she was, took it from there. Where she took it was the restaurant in San Louie that has a pool attatched, so we could have a lovely dinner there followed by mingling around the pool. Originally the plan was a midnight swim, but San Louie has been fresh since we got back from traveling, far too fresh to swim at...

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Mar 21, 2008 - Half Way- Again

So today is offically the half way point for me in Senegal. I don't want to get redundant, so if you want to see some of the realizations I am coming to, just look at the half way entry from Mexico. A lot of it feels the same, how I am going to be able to look towards going home now instead of when I got here, how fast the time has gone, that kind of thing. It seems momentous, half way, especially when I see people that got here the same time as me leaving, or already gone. Ha, soon I will be the oldest volunteer, won't I be cool? In San...

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Mar 10, 2008 - Life in all it's assorted facets

Life is tripping along nicely here in San Louie, I find so much to keep me busy here! So if there is a bigger break in entries, please, forgive. I am working with two English clubs now, which is a really different experience. I mean, it is odd to be speaking English with the Senegalese, even when they can I would really rather speak to them in French. With the volunteers, no help for it, we are too lazy to stick to French if both of us are better in English. But with the staffers or their Senegalese friends, I prefer French and mostly they...

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Feb 29, 2008 - A Five Year Old Portrait

Now would be a good time to talk about work, because it has improved significantly this past week. This week was my first week with the 5 year olds, and I am having more fun and getting more out of it than with the four year olds. Don't get all excited that I am suddenly fluent in Wolof, I think most of it has to do with the teachers. The teacher I work with, Tata Khady, is a really sweet, very motivated teacher. She is really young, but well in control of all the kids. She is quite willing to come over and explain something to the kids in...

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Feb 5, 2008 - Mardi Gras and Birthdays

Today is Mardi Gras. You know how I know that? One of my little four year olds came to school with eyeliner and mascara on. I'm not sure what kind of party Senegalese Catholics throw for Mardi Gras, but like all parties here you have to dress up :) I love how much people dress up here. Sure it is more work, but it adds something to life to wear pretty things all the time. The sheer impracticality of wearing delicate fabrics in bright colors when you are surrounded by sand and dirt makes the Senegalese way of dressing just that more...

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Jan 21, 2008 - Beach-Africa style

This weekend I got out of St. Louis with a big group of my fellow Project Abroad volunteers. Sixteen of us piled into four taxis to head for a campement by the beach. Now, I expected this to be a bit of a trip, going to the beach always is in my head. Yeah, I think we drove twenty mintues. To be sure, it was twenty minutes of nothing, so it was removed from St. Louis. It was cool, we drove to the edge of the water and then took a pirogue across the river to where the campement was. At the boat landing there was the normal group of children...

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Jan 16, 2008 - Sand and High Heels

Senegalese women are amazing. This theorm is proven by many things, I am sure, but the most prevelent of the proofs I have found is their choice of footwear. We will skip over their clothing (a thing you would not be able to do if you saw it, as colorful as it is) to focus instead on their shoes. Senegalese women wear heels all the time. The most common are the slip on, kitty heels that are like really dressy flip flops. Most do not have that bit between your toes, just the strap overtop. Now consider that I live on a sand street, and i...

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