Coming to Senegal with other people has provided a lot of opportunities. I am no longer navigating on my own, walking on my own, figuring things out myself.
Emily and Sierra both live in my neighborhood in Dakar this year; we all live in the Mermoz neighborhood, just past Sicap Karak, where I lived last year in Dakar. The Mermoz neighborhood is about a 10 minute walk from the Baobab Center.
I recognize several landmarks from the Sicap Karak neighborhood, which has made it easier to navigate my way through the neighborhoods between the language center and my homestay. I was nice to walk through Sicap Karak and see buildings I recognized.
When Sierra, Emily, and I want to meet to walk to our houses or the language center, we “meet at Mickey” which is the mural below:
“le Mermoz,” a local bar with a coffeehouse vibe. There are lots of couches, free wifi, pool tables, and food. Many of the students from several study abroad programs through the Baobab Center and WARC congregate here to complete homework, practice language skills, and network with other students. This spot is about a block from my house, and is a great place to decompress from the hustle and bustle of Dakar. The barkeep, Maxime, is a great person.