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Dakar Fight Club

I’m not talking about Fight Club. I’m writing about Idy Camara and his various ‘fighting lessons’ that he offers in Dakar.

Idy is a heavy-weight kickboxer from the Mermoz club ‘Police’ who trains and coaches kickboxing and boxing and teaches self-defense classes to individuals and small groups. And just in case you think you’re in shape because you run, I can assure you that the boxing is an intense cardio workout! #somuchsweat But it can be fun for the whole family! 😉

Idy Camara, photo by Bruno Col

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Respecting Ramadan and our fasting friends

“Oh, that smells awesome. I’m so hungry!”

I said it without thinking and immediately wished I could have swallowed my words before they made it out of my mouth. Today was the first day of Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, and less than six hours into it, I had already goofed and said something rather inconsiderate in front of my Muslim friend who was abstaining from eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset for the next 29 or 30 (depending on the moon) days.

The conversation that followed though really helped me to understand some ways that we as non-Muslims can respect Ramadan and our fasting friends. In a country that’s more than 95% Muslim, Ramadan is a big deal and affects nearly every aspect of life for one month a year. Continue reading “Respecting Ramadan and our fasting friends”

Making our Ndogou gift baskets!

Each year before the Islamic holy month of Ramadan begins, we make gift baskets to give to friends who are fasting. ‘Ndogou‘ is the time for breaking the day’s fast, once the sun goes down. Most often, this is done with break-fast foods.


This year, our baskets came from Kayoong Community, but the goodies inside stayed pretty traditional: Continue reading “Making our Ndogou gift baskets!”

Furnishing your home in Dakar

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We moved to Dakar in 2011 with just suitcases. Seven years later, we accumulated a few trial-and-error tidbits of information and some tips from setting up a home in Dakar that may be helpful to newcomers (welcome!). Keep in mind that Dakar is a rapidly evolving city with more and more options available each year, but hopefully this will help as you settle in and furnish your new home… 

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2018 DWG Art Show

Capture d_écran 2018-02-26 à 08.25.44When we lived in France, I worked in an office with British colleagues. I learned quite a few things, not the least of which included these language differences:

  1. When your boss asks you for a ‘rubber’ in the middle of an editorial meeting, she means what I as an American would call an ‘eraser’.
  2. In America we say someone is ‘artsy fartsy’ but in the UK they are ‘arty farty’.

Now here’s something I learned five years ago here in Dakar: the DWG Art Show is not at all artsy fartsy, nor arty farty. It’s just plain awesome. Continue reading “2018 DWG Art Show”

RFI report on the clothing SWAP

Back in January (which feels like ages ago, doesn’t it?) I organized the annual clothing SWAP to benefit women in prison here in Senegal. RFI journalist Emmanuelle Landais was interested by the concept and did an amazing report, which is now available online.

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I do cringe at the sound of my voice recorded, but I got tears in my eyes hearing Maman Ndeye‘s voice as she spoke about the women in prison and the (years of selfless, compassionate) work she does to help them. Our daughter is named after her, and we could not have made a better choice for a role model and tuurando.

Listen online here. 



It’s a choice.

Dakar, I love you. I really do.

But some days it feels like if it’s not power cuts, it’s water cuts; if it’s not 99% humidity, it’s dust storms; if it’s not flooded streets, it’s protests and rocks thrown at cars… And some days it’s a mix of of these. Like one big Dakar casserole of chaos.

My son made signs to remind people to, “flush toilets only when necessary”.

Today, I really need to choose love you. But you’re not making it easy*.

(*However, thank you for the arrival of fresh blueberries at the new Hypermarché. You never cease to amaze me, Dakar.)

Pads for women in prison

Since recording this video on Saturday, I have been in touch with APIafrique and they have offered us a price reduction for a bulk order they are very excited to be providing washable cloth menstrual pads for women in prison in Senegal.

Are YOU excited about providing pads for women in prison? Because if so, let’s talk! 😁 I’ll be placing the order very soon.

The current situation for coping with periods while in prison is, as you can imagine, not good. Our goal is to provide every woman who is currently serving a sentence at the prison and Rufisque with two medium size pads and one of the larger size pads for overnight.

I have to be honest, this is a pretty big goal. The final numbers still need to be confirmed, but it’s approximately 100 women and about 10,000 CFA (or $20) each. But I would love to see what we can do towards meeting it together!

Escape to Ecolodge de Lompoul

I am slowly but surely getting over my fears of traveling with children in Senegal. It’s not really Senegal’s fault. It’s just that traveling with young children is unpredictable and sometimes more challenging than it’s worth. #LoveYouGuysLots.

Our most recent trip out of Dakar was by far the easiest so far and the one I would recommend the most for families, and that means families with children of all ages. Our crew ranged from 18 months to… well let’s just say adults. 🙂

We booked a one-night stay at the Ecolodge de Lompoul via Pape Dieye of Saint-Louis Découverte. (Don’t let the name fool you, Pape is an accredited tour guide for all of Senegal. So whether we want to go to the Djoudj bird park north of Saint Louis or to see the lions at Niokolo Koba park or explore the Casamance, he’s our guy.)

Here is some (hopefully helpful) info from our trip to Lompoul Desert… Continue reading “Escape to Ecolodge de Lompoul”

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