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Senegal Trip

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BC: Thank you for viewing my presentation on Sénégal!

FC: Let's discover the great wonders of Sénégal

1: Marcella Kukulka | The Seven Stops! Dakar Le Lac Retba Le Mosquée de Touba Fathala Reserve Saint-Louis Fiserman's Port L'ile de Goree

2: DAKAR | Dakar is not only the biggest city in Sénégal but also the capitol of the country. It is located on the Cap-Vert Peninsula, which helped it become a regional port because of its trading between Europe and around the Atlantic ocean. Dakar is a city kind of place so I shopped in markets and tried delicious food! A national dish I tried is on the next page.

3: The Sénégalese love eating these tasty little fried fish balls with spicy tomato sauce or served over their famous rice and vegetable dish, ceebu jen. To make them you can use any kind of cod, hake, perch, or tilapia. Other ingredients include; onions, pepper and tomatoes. | Boulettes de Poisson

4: Many Salt collectors work from 6-7 hours a day in the lake, which has 40 percent salt content. | In order to protect their skin, they rub "Beurre de Karité" (shea butter), which is an emollient used to avoid tissue damage. | The Lac Retba, or Lac Rose, lies north east of Dakar. It is known for its pink waters because of cyanobacteria in the water. The pinkish-red color gets very visible during the dry season. The Lac Retba is also popularly known for its high salt content.

5: LE LAC RETBA | Harvesting the salt is a remarkable sight : men cover their bodies with Shea butter while the women in boubous are in charge of unloading the canoes, thus enhancing the beauty of this vivid painting. The salt, which is largely used for preserving fish, is piled on the shore to dry in the sun. The lagoon has represented a source of revenue for thousands of people since the 1970's.

6: Visiting the Mosque Le Mosquée de Touba is an Islamic monument unique to Africa. When I visited the mosquée the word that first popped into my head was beautiful! There were four tall minarets that call people to prayer time. I took the guided tour through the mosque which as about an hour or so and we walked through the prayer hall, walked down the beautifully arched hallways and saw all th intricate details. The ceiling, carpets, walls, and chandeliers were all decorated elaborately.

7: Le Mosquée de Touba

8: Sénégal's Flag! | GREEN, YELLOW, RED!

10: Maafe: seasoned fish, chicken, lamb, or beef cooked with vegetables in a tomato and peanut butter sauce. | Thiéboudienne: flavorsome marinated fish cooked with tomato paste and a variety of vegetables, the national dish of Senegal.

11: 4 delectable dishes I tried during my trip in Sénégal... | Avocat au Crevettes: avocado stuffed with Shrimp. | FOOD! | Tiakry: a couscous pudding

12: In Sénégal I visited the Fathala wildlife preserve. Tourists can go on a 3-hour mini-safari in their own car or with a guide. I saw giraffes, rhinos, elands, antelopes and many birds The Fathala preserve is threatened by excessive livestock grazing from the surrounding villages, illegal logging, fruit and bark gathering and poaching. | FATHALA WILDLIFE PRESERVE

14: SAINT-LOUIS | Faidherbe Bridge is the symbol of the city.

15: Saint-Louis is famous for its cast iron bridge put in by French colonialists in the 19th century. | During my trip I also visited the town of Saint-Louis! The Saint Louis region of Sénégal sits just off the border with Mauritania. Since I had been walking everywhere I decided to visit the city in a horse drawn wagon (something tourists can choose to do). The bridge of Saint-Louis is close to the Djoudj National Park, home to thousands of birds, some indigenous to the area. | Saint-Louis is the oldest city of French West Africa. It was the first capital of Sénégal, until Dakar was established. The Faidherbe bridge built by Gustave Eiffel connects the mainland and the island of Saint-Louis. People can walk, bike, or drive across the famous landmark.

17: Sénégal has a flourishing fishing industry and Dakar is one of the most important Atlantic tuna ports. Industrial fishing consists of sardine, tuna, sole, cuttlefish and shrimp. Sénégal relies on fishing for more than $300 million of income per year. The fishing industry is also a big help for unemployment because anyone who wants to help can. The fishing industry is one of the most important areas of activity in Sénégal, unlike livestock and forestry which are less contributing to the country's GDP. When visiting one of these fishing docks/market I was amazed to see how much hard work it is. | Fisherman's Port!

18: l'ile de Gorée | With its colonial brick-structures and sand-blown, alleyways, this island is a haven of tranquility. Some of the island's historical sites include three museums, one dedicated to women, one dedicated to the sea and another to the history of Sénégal. During my visit I visited the Goree Castle and a small beach, that many tourists take interest in. . I learned that if you visit in May or June, during the annual Jours des Portes Ouvertes, numerous artists' private homes are open to the public!

19: The Portuguese were the first to establish a presence on Gorée where they built a small stone chapel and used land as cemeteries. However it wasn't developed until the arrival of the Europeans. Gorée is known as the location of the House of Slaves, built in 1784. The House of Slaves is one of the oldest houses on the island, however, it is now used as a tourist destination to show the horrors of slave trade through the Atlantic.

20: Sénégalese men and women most commonly wear robes called boubou or batik. | Culture | There are several types of transportation in Sénégal. People can take the train, horse carts, walk, bike, drive in cars or travel by boat and donkey. | Sénégalese man wearing a boubou. | An initiation or ceremony | Citizens traveling by horse cart. | There are ceremonies/parties before sporting events and Sénégalese citizens love to celebrate.

21: Musical Instruments: Religion People | The sabar, the tama, the djembe, and the tabala are all different types of drums. The kora and the xalam are two different types of string instruments resembling a guitar. The balafoon is a percussion instrument resembling xylophone. Muslim: 92% Christian: 2% Other: 6% The Wolof: 35% The Pulaar: 20% The Sereres: 17% The Diolas: 10%

22: Just some cool pictures...

25: Bibliography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lake_Retba http://www.senegal-online.co.uk/pink-lake.htm http://www.lonelyplanet.com/senegal/sights/island/ile-de-goree http://www.travelblog.org/Africa/Senegal/Tambacounda-Region/Tambacounda/blog-391084.html http://www.saintlouisdusenegal.com/english/ http://www.touba.info/touba/mosquee.html http://www.galenfrysinger.com/senegal_touba.htm http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/Africa/Senegal.html#b http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/economies/Africa/Senegal.html

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