S: SENEGAL 2012
BC: DEPARTED | SENEGAL | 4 APRIL 2012
1: SENEGAL | Dakar, Senegal | ARRIVED 26 MAR 2012 | République du Sénégal is situated in West Africa. It is bound by the Atlantic Ocean, Mauritania, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau. It was colonized by the French, and gained its independence in 1960. Dakar is the capital city, and was the destination of my life-changing journey.
2: All packed up and ready to go! Mom and I started the journey with a lovely send-off from family. We took along four suitcases, and four large boxes of donated items (clothes, otc medicines, glasses, and health items) to bless those that we would meet while on our journey.
4: An added bonus was the lay-over that allowed an excursion in Madrid, Spain. We were blessed to have my new friend, Jesús, to give us a tour of this beautiful European city. | MADRID
6: PLAZA MAYOR with the statue of King Philip III, was our starting and ending point. We also were able to see the Royal Palace, Grand Cathedral, and other beautiful places.
9: The country's motto: Un Peuple, Un But, Une Foi One People, One Goal, One Faith Share my experience in Senegal!
11: Dakar, the capital of Senegal, is located on the westernmost tip of the country. It is a vibrant city where one can find many markets, businesses, and the Presidential Palace. We stayed in Dakar, and visited several outlying areas.
12: Out and About in Dakar! To experience the markets, people, and culture, you only need to walk out your door...
13: ~Purpose~ To support the reading program of the students in the Fulani Village. We met with the school staff, assessed needs, ordered supplies, and scheduled repairs. Donations were made from all across the United States to support the mission.
14: Fulani Village | Pink Lake
15: Fulani Village The Fulani Village lies just outside of Pink Lake (Lac Rose), about 40 miles north of Dakar. The villagers grow crops and herd goats; then sell the produce and dairy products in the area. Mom sent word, ahead of time, that she was bringing her daughter on this visit. The villagers were all too happy to welcome me in, and give me a full tour of their living areas and school. Here are scenes from my first visit!
18: Or, Lac Rose, is about 7-8 times saltier than the Atlantic Ocean. It is public space, and area residents make a living by mining salt to sell. You will find large mounds of salt along the shore. It has turned into a vacation spot over the past few years, with a few resorts that offer tours of the lake, ATV rentals, and area merchants selling souvenirs. | PINK LAKE
20: SAFARI! We visited the Reserve de Bandia for a little Safari Park action. Imagine riding along in an open-air jeep, with scants amount of space between you and the wildlife. Many of the animals were found enjoying a refreshing drink at the watering hole.
22: MAYSSA and My Senegalese Family! Meet Mayssa. He is an awesome host who seems to know everyone in Senegal. He knows so much about the country's rich history, and made sure that all of our connections were made. | MY NEW FAMILY!
23: EXTENDED FAMILY More friends - who are now family! ~Namanala~
24: A CHANGE FOR SENEGAL! Macky Sall had just won the presidential election. He was inaugurated while we were in town. Many of the locals were glued to their tv or radio to hear him get sworn in. The presidential motorcade passed by as we were returning to our hotel, and I was able to catch up and get a few pictures of the new president. This was a very important election for the Senegalese. 80% of the graffiti that we saw was for, or against, candidates or parties.
25: Mom has visited Senegal several times, and continues to make friends with each visit!
26: I met many lovely people, and had many wonderful experiences | These memories will remain, and more will be made... upon my return!