Author Archives: Jennifer Lang

Summing Up Four Months

As I prepare to leave on Sunday, I am incredibly infused with emotion. Of course, I will get to see my family, vacation in Europe, and visit with friends. But I will also be returning to a culture entirely different … Continue reading

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A Funny Anecdote

            Walking home from class one day, I noticed le Chef of a restaurant where I go salsa dancing exiting a house. I greeted him and wondered aloud if he lived there, if we were neighbors. “No,” he replied, “I … Continue reading

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A Trip to the Village

All it took was the sound of sticks hitting the empty gas container for the village to come alive. Under the moonlight, the snot trails of the emaciated children were hidden; only illuminated were their smiles as they danced, only … Continue reading

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Kiss… er, Chant? To me Through the Phone

When I am not in class or at my internship, I am almost exclusively in my neighborhood. Though Senegalese unmarried girls are expected to stay in the house largely invisible to the outside world, the behavior of me and my … Continue reading

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Wrestling on Independance Day

Note: I would like to apologize for flooding the blog with posts today. It is the first day in over three weeks that the wifi has been working–an unintended consequence of my semester here in Dakar. Regardless, I hope you … Continue reading

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La Vie Quotidienne Senegalaise

Because of the public and relatively academic nature of this blog, I have thus far avoided giving details of my vie quotidienne with my Senegalese family. However, I’d like to offer some updates. My family is a traditional, Muslim, Senegalese … Continue reading

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Trip to Senegal’s Versions of Mecca

Two weekends ago, my history of Islam class took a trip to Senegal’s two major Muslim brotherhood pilgrimage sites—Tivuoaune and Touba. For a group of twelve American university students, this was the deepest cultural immersion we’ve experienced yet. Though I … Continue reading

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Spring Break 2010

Four of my friends and I decided to use our ten day spring break to visit La Petite Cote, a beachy touristy area. Here’s my review of the area and some tales of adventures: The first two days and nights … Continue reading

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C’est Comme Ca

      The following is my second letter for the JYAN program in association with the Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs. I hope you enjoy my work! To read more from JYAN, click here: http://berkleycenter.georgetown.edu/projects/junior-year-abroad-network       … Continue reading

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Jai Fondai, Fashion, and Clubbing

Nightlife in Dakar is difficult to describe. In an overwhelmingly majority Muslim country, women tend to remain in private areas like the home. During the day in Dakar, the ratio of men to women on the street is probably about … Continue reading

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