Category: Dakar

Ree ci Agg – Laughter on Arrival

I made it to Dakar, and today I am at the Baobab Center acclimating to my new environment. Even though I have been in Dakar before, yesterday was full of its own adventures. (I need to point out that I cannot use the special character necessary for some Wolof words I will be using this summer. Some of my translations will be approximations to … Read More Ree ci Agg – Laughter on Arrival

Waving Through a Window

While flying out of Kansas City, the song “Waving Through a Window” from the musical, Dear Evan Hansen played on my Spotify (link to a live performance here). That song was so fitting for the moment, because I was looking out the window of the plane, thinking of what will come from this next adventure of mine. It’s my third trip to the African … Read More Waving Through a Window

Post about My Research Featured on the HBW Blog

Since coming back to Lawrence, I have had several opportunities to discuss my work with the people on KU’s campus. The director of the Project on the History of Black Writing asked me to write a guest post about my research for Women’s History Month. The blog is a great resource, and I am so lucky to be part of this amazing project! Once … Read More Post about My Research Featured on the HBW Blog

Flying Out of Dakar – A Pro Tip & A Funny Story

Like almost every day in Dakar, the day I flew out was also very interesting. The security at the airport is a little odd, since the airport is so small. You have to go through the Border Control, and then the normal scanners for your luggage. I had a re-useable water bottle and it was full, so they made me drink it before letting … Read More Flying Out of Dakar – A Pro Tip & A Funny Story

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