Tag Archives: West Africa

Goodbye Tears and Some Long-Overdue Reflection

As I sit safely ensconced at home in Accra, it’s quite surreal that my four months in Dakar came to an end so quickly while I was going to the beach, sitting through seemingly endless lectures, and side-stepping the steaming … Continue reading

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On Traveling in Africa While African: EcoTourism, Respect and other things

It’s surreal, for lack of a better word, to find yourself trekking through landscapes and villages that look vaguely familiar and yet are so foreign to you at the same time. Sitting on the back of a pickup hurtling down … Continue reading

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What’s in a Language?

Everyone gets along in Senegal. Christians, Muslims, Animists, they all live peacefully with one another. Christians celebrate Tabaski and Muslims give gifts at Christmas. Although French is the official language, Wolof is spoken by a large majority of people. These … Continue reading

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The Almost Halfway Blues

There comes a point in the study abroad experience when a gnawing doubt begins to grow within the student. It begins in the pit of one’s stomach (just like all important feelings, positive and otherwise) finally transforming into a full-blown … Continue reading

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“Waaw, maangi ci kawam!”

This phrase instantly became my favorite, amongst my very thin Wolof inventory, the minute I learnt it in class the other day. Roughly translated it means, “I’m on top of things” or “Things are going well”. For the most part … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Faux City Slicker

It’s t-6 days until touch down in Dakar, and it has just occurred to me that in the next 4 months, I run the risk of falling in love with and getting to know this city far better than my … Continue reading

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Home at Last: Final Reflections

Today marks the eighteenth day since my flight landed in Logan airport and already my sojourn in Senegal has begun to feel a bit like a dream.  During my last week in Western Africa, my program director stressed repeatedly that … Continue reading

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Tabaski

When I woke this past Saturday morning it was to shouts and the sounds of complete chaos in the courtyard right outside my window.  Hurrying to dress I threw open my door only to pull up short – several unfamiliar … Continue reading

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Discovering Little America

This weekend I made a discovery: I found out where all of the Americans hide out in Dakar.  I had heard that there is a sizable Western community in the city, but over the past two months I had only … Continue reading

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A Tubab in Dakar

Last weekend I visited the small island of Gorée with the rest of the students from my CIEE Program and, after having been to all three Museums, many of us decided to make the trek to the top of the … Continue reading

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