Tag Archives: Africa

They Don’t Want You to Study Abroad…Do It Anyway!

“Angela, you are the first one in our family to own a passport. Did you know that?” When my mother told me this, she was holding my “virgin” U.S. certified passport in her hands. I suppose I knew this fact … Continue reading

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“Ei Toubab Toubab! Fatou?”

I sincerely promise that my description of my first week in Dakar as a “whirlwind” or “rollercoaster” is not a mere metaphorical cop-out for a lazy writer who does not feel like searching for the right words. I would be … Continue reading

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“And try not to get eaten by the natives.”

This particularly helpful piece of advice came from my uncle. I’ve been getting quite a lot of advice lately: “Don’t pack too much stuff.” “But don’t forget anything on this 57-item packing list.” “You really shouldn’t drink and drive.” “Take … 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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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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Islamic Synchretism

Asaalam Malekum! Many of you had questions on why, in my opinion, there has never been a coup in Senegal. The following features some of my reflections on religious life in Senegal, which can be found online as my contribution … Continue reading

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A statue unnoticed?

Some of you have probably been following Senegal through newspapers; there was an article about the mballaax  music scene here in the New York Times a few months back, and you may have also heard that Senegal is working closely in Haitian rebuilding efforts. Recently … Continue reading

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Here are some highlights (and low-lights) from my first weekend exploring Dakar: 1) My best friend and I went downtown to try to withdraw money without a fee at our bank’s location here in Dakar. After the security guard checked … Continue reading

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A city full of surprises

With freezing cold water running over me, I can hear the goats braying in a neighbor’s yard. Since I last posted, I have moved in with my family, visited downtown, and started classes. These developments have most of all shown me my gross under- (and … Continue reading

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