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Band-Aids & Boo-Boos

Sometimes the simplest things are the best.

When we moved to Senegal back in 2003, one of the first things we were tasked with doing were so-called ‘Band-Aid & Boo-Boo Clinics’. Basically this meant taking a basic First-Aid kit, walking around until you came across a few talibé boys or kiddos in the village and then getting to know them as you cleaned and bandages up their scrapes and boo-boos.

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This activity seemed pretty basic, but it had so many benefits. Clean wounds heal better and the risk of infection is reduced. For talibés who are often neglected (at best), the reassuring, nurturing care of an adult may go a long way in helping them feel loved and secure. It’s a great language exercise as you greet them, ask their name, where they are from, what they like to do for fun… just chatting and getting to know the boys. It can build friendships with little ones right in your neighborhood in Dakar, and with time we have found that they learn to trust you and bring you their friends who are injured or sick.

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Bean sandwiches & sweaters

I scrolled by and saw this initiative by Samu Social Senegal to ‘collect warm clothing for ages 6 and up’.

Stop and picture a 6-year-old child you know. My son is 7.5 years old. Even bigger than the little talibé boys I see every morning, out on their own asking for food, for money… and smiling when we remember their names.

Idrissa and Samba are the two I look for each day. We made arrangements with Tata Aïcha who makes bean & egg sandwiches at the corner stand for her to feed them breakfast each morning and we pay her each week, although based on her warm smile when she sees them, I suspect she would do all she can to feed them even without us. Continue reading “Bean sandwiches & sweaters”

19 things I want to see in Dakar in 2019

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Fresh coconuts abound on pushcarts around town. But I’d like to see someone get into the coconut delivery business. “Hello? Four coconuts nan mandi for Almadies, please.”

A monthly artisan market, like a cross between the Dakar Farmers Market and the various Christmas markets.

Me learning and using more Wolof.

A Senegalese fruit-of-the-month subscription.

Beer-Sheba beef, pork, chickens and sausages available in Dakar grocery stores and/or home deliverg. I’d settle for just the sausages. And the beef.

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Upgrading the #taxidakar

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This afternoon, I decided to do something a little different, something a little out of the ordinary for me. I decided to do something that would hopefully change things for the better in da’ car – I mean, in Dakar.

I needed to take a taxi to pick up my kids from school and then go on to downtown. So I walked to the corner taxi stand, like I do most days. But this time, rather than taking the first car in the lineup, I said I want one with two belts in the backseat. I thought it was a pretty reasonable request since there were 11 taxis there waiting. Surely this would be no problem, right?

Wrong.

The first three taxis did not even pretend to have seatbelts. Continue reading “Upgrading the #taxidakar”

This is us.

What do you get for the person who has everything-from-Senegal? Where do you find something unique but awesome? How do you choose a gift that reflects eight years of friendship between your two families?

I have no idea. But I can tell you this: our friends Steffi & Dani nailed this one.

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Best. Present. Ever.

This painting was made from our family photo by Moussa at Soumbedioune. (Tel: 77 310 0828.) Tell him The German sent you.

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We lieb you guys and will miss you so much here in Dakar. Thank you for this amazing, near life-size, Senegal-rific gift.

Countdown to Christmas in Dakar!

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Download the printable PDF here.

A collaboration of ideas between MINITECTURE (#letthemplay) and Senegal Daily.

1. Go for a horse cart ride around the neighborhood, singing Christmas carols as you go. Atcha!
2. Make Christmas cookies. (Or order them from Simone Café or Poprox!)
3. Take a magical visit to the Atmosphère Christmas Market in Almadies. It’s the most beautiful, Christmassy spot in Dakar.
4. Go to the children’s Nativity program at the International Christian Fellowship on the morning of December 16th.
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50 gift ideas (for men!) in Dakar

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  1. Malika Monkeys carved hardwood pen sets
  2. Suuf Si linen shirts at Keur Marie Ganaar in Ouakam
  3. Senegal soccer jerseys from Sandaga Market
  4. Painted coffee sets, espresso cups or beer glasses at Cocktail du Senegal on rue Moussé Diop
  5. Leather wallet from KEARA in Ngor
  6. Cufflinks from My African Heart Jewelry in Ngor
  7. Wax print bowtie from Kakinbow
  8. Tailor-made suit by Seydou Diallo. Tel: 776516566
  9. Dinner for two at La Parilla, the Argentinian #steak restaurant
  10. Dinner for two at the Brazilian Churrascaria restaurant in Fann Hock
  11. Take off Ngor hat. 15,000 CFA. Tel: 77 647 5162
  12. Hardwood gardien’s chair. Bamba Cissé in Fenetre Mermoz is great. Tel: 774613084
  13. Malika Monkeys hardwood desk clocks
  14. Wax print suspenders from Kakinbow
  15. Malian Dogon door from Ibrahim. Tel: 771748807 (WhatsApp, English or French)
  16. Surf lessons from Ecole Surf Attitude
  17. Chess set from Soumbedioune artisan village
  18. Attaya set, complete with grill, charcoal, teapot and glasses. Oh, and tea!
  19. Fishing trip with Atlantic Evasion. Even better when you organize for a group of his friends to all go together!
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50 gifts ideas in Dakar

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No intro needed. Let’s dive right in to my list of 50 gifts in Dakar that I have either loved receiving or would love to receive!

  1. Silver bangle bracelets from My African Heart Jewelry in Ngor
  2. Wax & leather handbag from Anne Calfo in Mamelles
  3. Bogolan & leather poncho from Kakinbow
  4. Juju hat from Ibrahim
  5. Fulani earrings from My African Heart Jewelry in Ngor
  6. Chaya pants from Khaira Fall Creation in HLM 5
  7. Wax print footstool from Atmosphère in Almadies. Plus their Christmas market is about to start!
  8. Handmade rug made from 20 meters of wax print by Kayoong, available at Atmosphere, Cocktail du Senegal, Minibap (both locations) and Caravane by ERC
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50 Senegal life hacks

With a little lot of help from my brilliant friends…

“Let your houseworker or guard give directions to your house to Senegalese. The landmarks locals think of as obvious ones are ones I would never think of.”
– Danielle, 8 years

“Before you go to the market, separate your money. Put only a few bills and coins in a second wallet to use in the market so you are not flashing everyone your wallet with a lot of bills in it.”
– Paula, 16 years

Orange Money is my thing now. My life is so much easier now that I don’t have to wait hours in the Senelec, SDE or Sonatel buildings. If I owe my tailor money, I just send it to her via Orange Money. If I want someone to go buy something for me, I send them the money via Orange Money.”
– Raquel, 5 years

“If you’re a newbie, go to HLM market on Sunday. Fewer people and more manageable.”
– Diana, 2 years

“Always have a malaria treatment on hand for each age group member of your family and to know how to administer it.”
– Paula, 16 years Continue reading “50 Senegal life hacks”

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