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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.


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!

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.
Continue reading “Countdown to Christmas in Dakar!”

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!
  20. Continue reading “50 gift ideas (for men!) in Dakar”

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”

10 book recommendations for Senegal

Some people dream of marrying their best friend and growing old together in rocking chairs on the front porch. I don’t really care where we grow old or whether we rock our way there, but I always wanted to marry someone who would just sit and read next to me. (Mission: Accomplished)

In our ten years of living in Senegal and reading our way through it, here are 10 books we’ve found very interesting, insightful and helpful. That’s not to say we agree with all of them, but some good thieb for thought in each one.

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2018 DWG Christmas Bazaar!

The Dakar Women’s Group Christmas Bazaar will be Saturday, November 17th at ISD! The Bazaar will run from 10am to 5pm. Entry is 1000 CFA for adults and 500 CFA for children.

This is an event for the whole family. Shopping with over 100 vendors, great food at the bake sale and BBQ, kids’ activities, face-painting…

As with all DWG Bazaars and Galas, security is a priority, so guests are asked to be patient as bags are checked and security measures enforced.

The annual DWG Christmas Bazaar raises a millions of CFA for charities. It is also a significant event for the vendors, many of whom rely on fairs like this for their livelihood… and let’s not forget that it’s important for us shoppers too! No other event like it in Dakar.

DWG members, events team, executive committee, Elise and Aylin – THANK YOU for your efforts each year to provide these events for our community. We will be there with bells on and CFA in hand. 😉

10 things you understand about hot season if you’ve lived it

1. Hot water from the “cold” tap.

2. Realizing that all of your clothes actually touch you. Way too much.

3. Ice water as a meal because you just can’t bring yourself to make or eat anything.

4. Shin sweats. (credit: M. EM)

5. Ice cubes that melt into your drink before you can even get to the terrace to enjoy it.

6. Air Conditioning Remnants. You know, the cooler tile floors and slightly lower humidity that lingers in a room that had AC running in it.

7. On that note… State Department Envy. SDE is a real and serious problem that sometimes requires deep breaths to overcome.

8. Food poisoning. (This may help.)

9. Pools warmer than bath water. Blech.

10. Counting down to the end! Which I have officially predicted will be November 10th. Mark your calendars, sweaty people.

How’s it looking?

Are you keeping up with the Diops, blazing your own style trail or somewhere in between?

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So how did you do? Share with a friend who would win!


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