S: Cameron, Gabby and Hannah's Trip to Senegal
BC: Senegal was an amazing adventure, we all had a great time as we learned about customs, sampled foods, and experienced a country of culture and excitement!
FC: Senegal | By Hannah, Cameron, and Gabby
1: Jour 1: Saint Louis, Senegal | On Saturday morning we arrived in Saint Louis, ready for a fabulous adventure in Senegal. The streets of Saint Louis were lined with homes, shops, cathedrals, street vendors, and Senegalese musicians. Natives made the city of Saint Louis vibrant with culture.
2: Jour 2: Saint Louis Concert with Youssou N'Dour | Our concert with Youssou N'Dour was wonderful. He put on such a show with vibrant colors, booming sound affects and a smile that makes everyone happy. His music is mostly modern, hip hop and homegrown genres. We were very lucky to get a concert tickets with him for he is a wildly popular artist in the continent of Africa. He even had some special guests. African artists known all through the continent and from Senegal, Baaba Maal and Omar Pene. It was an amazing concert and we were even able to snag a copy of the album from the show. What a night.
3: Jour 3: Thies | Thies is the third largest city in Senegal, 60km east of Dakar and a perfect stop on our round trip of Senegal. We heard young children singing Fatou yo and family and community members joined in. Pretty soon a chorus of voices were heard singing the songs of Senegal. | We visited "Le Croissant Magique" for breakfast and had some more traditional french food. Croissants and baquettes are very different from traditional Senegalese foods but they were still quite delicious.
4: Jour 4: Mbour | Today we went to a restaurant in Mbour called Le Langoustier. The beautiful scenery was astounding! It was an open-air restaurant that had an amazing view of the Atlantic ocean. The tables were brightly decorated with colorful tablecloths and scented candles. As an appetizer we ordered Le Pain avec le confiture de papaye which is bread with native senegalese papaya jam. For our main dish we ordered Poulet Yassa which is a Senegalese chicken with onions and lemons. And lastly for dessert we ordered Mamadou's Banana Ice Cream. It was fantastique! | papaya jam
5: Jour 5:Dakar | On our second day of travels, we were pleased to arrive in the capitol of Senegal: Dakar. It was a day full of foods. Restaurant Le Thiof was a wonderful restaurant full of foods. For dinner we had black eyed peas salad. It was delicious and a great new thing to try. For desert we indulged in a mango sorbet creation. It had two mangoes cut up and a mango sorbet in the center on top of a banana leaf. The staff at Restaurant Le Thiof was wonderful warm hearted and sang some of their popular music to up using some famous African Drums.
6: Jour 6: Touba | When we arrived in Touba it was clear that the Great Mosque of Touba was the main attraction. How could we possibly pass up a chance to explore the most visited Islamic pilgrimage site in West Africa. Muhammad religion was first accepted in Tukulóor kingdoms in the 11th century. After this religion was accepted, almost all of Senegal was Islamized. Several brotherhoods, Xaadir, Tijaan, and Mouride, are common sects found in Senegal. The Great Mosque was wonderful, we learned so much about ancient traditions that made Senegal what it is today.
7: Jour 7: Touba Cuisine | After seeing the amazing Great Mosque of Touba, we were starving! So we went to a restaurant called Mabay. We ate really interesting foods. To drink I had a Bouye Drink which is a fruit drink from the Baobab tree. For a main dish we had Croquettes de Crevettes which is are Shrimp Croquettes. This was one of their specialities because fishing is very common in Senegal and therefore finding seafood in Senegal is very easy. For dessert we had Tarte Coco avec la Banane which is a Coconut Banana pie. We also had Tarte la Mangue et au Gingembre which is a Mango and Ginger Pie. Some of Senegal's native fruits include coconuts and mangoes , which we definitely wanted to try.
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