Tip #1 Do not go the US Embassy website for information using your smartphone. Why? Because the mobile layout may not include some sidebar information, such as the very important fact that American citizens must make an appointment for all Consular services. The same goes for Googling the answer to your question.
Chicken, Chicken, Goat
The object of this game is to walk in a circle, tapping on each child’s head until one is finally chosen to be the new picker. Maa!
Gendarmes and Voleurs
A game of tag in which the gendarmes, who are in pursuit of the voleurs (the team being chased), arrest the voleurs by tagging and putting them in Reubeuss jail. Voleurs can stage a jailbreak by tagging one of the prisoners without getting tagged themselves.
I’m not what you’d call ‘sporty’ or ‘athletic’. Some people mistakenly think I am because I’m a runner, but they don’t realize how often I fall. As far as competitive sports or anything too crazy-adventurous, I’m perfectly happy to sit and observe. Really. (So I was not exactly crushed to find out the Jungle Run was cancelled for this year. Shucks.)
However, I have found my perfect outdoorsy water sporty thing: stand-up paddle boarding. SUP. Continue reading “SUP with Surfers Paradise”
After celebrating the end of 2016 in true-to-ourselves fashion by going to bed early, I got up yesterday morning and went for my usual run.
As I passed our friend who lives (literally) on the street, he waved me over so I stopped to say hi. We exchanged greetings, Happy New Year wishes, I asked why there was a dead sheep in the road, he said he didn’t know…
As I got ready to take off, he reached out and placed a 50cfa coin in my hand and asked me to take it up the street to the peul up the road. (Or at least that’s what I thought he said, seeing as he is missing quite a few teeth. A peul is a person from the Fulbe ethnic group.)
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 Mermoz, please.”
A monthly artisan market, like a cross between the Dakar Farmers Market and the various Christmas markets.
Me learning and using more Wolof. Continue reading “17 things I’d like to see in Dakar in 2017”
Every morning we wake up to a new view of the Sahel Desert
from in our apartment. The Harmattan winds blow the sand in grain by grain and January is peak ‘dust season’. Even my weather app just says DUST for every day’s forecast. Well, some days it says WIDESPREAD DUST. But don’t worry, I’ve compiled….
Harmattan activities: fun for the whole family!
1. Make dust angels on the living room floor.
2. Write declarations of your undying love to your in the dust on your countertops. Bonus points for using a wet finger to make muddy ink.
– Chocolate-filled Biskrem cookies from the buutik
– Huile de Baobab Bio for skin, nails and hair. Amazing stuff. Available at most pharmacies and Christmas markets.
– Roasted cashews or sugared peanuts
– Knock-off cologne/perfume. (I know. The guy you buy from sells only real stuff. But look hard and you’ll find someone selling the fakes.) Continue reading “10 ideas for stocking stuffers in Dakar”
Let’s start at the beginning… What is FIDAK? It’s the annual Foire International de Dakar, a giant trade fair and market with goods from around the globe. And you should go. Continue reading “Shopping the Foire International de Dakar (FIDAK)”