Month: January 2016

Living In and Getting Around Dakar

Over the past *almost* month, I have thought of several things I want to share about my time here in Dakar, but couldn’t figure out when to write about them. So, I decided today’s post would be a catch-all about different things I have noticed since arriving here. Living: – I am currently staying in a flat that has a propane stove and oven. … Read More Living In and Getting Around Dakar

Adventures on Gorée Island: A few tips

The Island of Gorée is a UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) World Heritage site just off the coast of Dakar, Senegal. The island is a key geographical point in the Atlantic Slave Trade and a must see when you visit. You can take a ferry there for ~5,200 CFA, and there are several ferries each day. You can find the schedule here.There … Read More Adventures on Gorée Island: A few tips

3,000 Views – Woohoo!

I’m really excited that you all enjoy reading about my travels and research. Thank you so much for helping this blog top 3,000 views as of today! With that said, here are some photos of the locals and scenery I have been snapping as I walk around Dakar. Comment below with things you want to read more about!

Some of the 87 Steps it Takes to Get a Meeting in Dakar

Step 1: Arrive in Dakar (there’s a bunch of steps before this one, but that’s WAYYYY too much to include in this post)Step 2: Go to the research center I am affiliated with and discuss the steps to a successful research project while I am here.Step 3: Phone call from liaison to organization resulting in an appointment TOMORROW. YAY.Step 4: Meet with potential translator … Read More Some of the 87 Steps it Takes to Get a Meeting in Dakar

The Sidewalks are Full

Of cracks, like many other sidewalks, but what’s missing here are chunks. Of sellers with with shirts, designer purses, and the right shoe of every pair in their stock, all lined up neatly by type. The shirts are everything from jerseys to Twilight (the Wal-Mart shirt with Team Edward or Jacob).The shirts sometimes come from the losers of sporting matches in the Global North … Read More The Sidewalks are Full

Celebrating my birthday in Dakar

I decided to spend my birthday on the beach instead of working on Friday. It was a great decision! So… here are some pictures of my birthday island adventure and wine/snacks at the French Institute the following afternoon! Showed up to the boat-launching beach wearing this lovely birthday present from Brenda. Saw some interesting architecture on the island… These are the “unfinished” structures that … Read More Celebrating my birthday in Dakar

Building the Answers: My thoughts on the research process

Le Marché des HLM and Tailored Clothes in Dakar

For quite some time, I have wanted to visit “Achelleme,” the famous fabric market in Dakar. I did some research and found this post from “Senegal Daily” which had some tips about what to expect at the market. And aside from that post and a brief description from Lonely Planet, there isn’t much information at the top of Google about what to expect. Getting to … Read More Le Marché des HLM and Tailored Clothes in Dakar

A Change of Plans and a Day at the Beach: l’île de N’gor

I had planned for Saturday to be the day I went to the fabric market to purchase the fabric I would have made into clothes while I stay in Dakar. But when I woke to a text message from Brenda asking if I wanted to join her, Larson, Janis, and Ben for a day on the beach, I quickly changed my mind and responded … Read More A Change of Plans and a Day at the Beach: l’île de N’gor

A Video for Friday: A few thoughts on Dakar

This took overnight to upload, but I hope you all enjoy! 

Not-So-Casual Friday

Fridays in Senegal are Mosque Day. I did not realize this until I left my flat and almost every woman in the neighborhood and on my walk to WARC was wearing traditional dresses in one of several fashions. Sooo… it’s more like “Formal Fridays.” I know this because I asked my translator when I met him this morning. Some other items of note:— I … Read More Not-So-Casual Friday

Welcome to Dakar!

This morning, I realized that I hadn’t posted any pictures of Dakar, or talked about my first impressions since arriving 2 days ago. I’m also having some issues with Blogger and the uploading function, so the pictures might have to wait. Oh well. Onward! One of the first things I noticed when I arrive to Dakar was the GIANT statue in the center of … Read More Welcome to Dakar!