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It’s Christmas! This is how we roll…

In the last post, I shared 10 ideas for celebrating Christmas in Dakar. Well here’s number 11… an improvised sleigh ride! All you need are horse carts (seats and sides optional), Christmas cookies and friends who are really good sports. Check, check, check.

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Seriously – who gave him the reins?! I was not consulted on this.

I think the photos tell the story pretty well, but one request, please.

As you can imagine, people got quite a kick out of the toubabs going around in a horse cart. One guy even had his taxi slow down when it passed us so he could lean out the window and take our picture. So if you see us on someone’s Instagram feed or or a Seneweb article on crazy toubabs, send us a link!😉

We charioted down the street to pick up some friends… who had no idea we would be taking them for a ride in a horse cart! SUR-PRISE!
The ladies in their sleigh/cart/chariot driven by Babcar
Three guesses as to which parent decided Pape should hop in the saddle...
Three guesses as to which parent decided Pape should hop in the saddle…
Doesn't this picture just make you want to sing Jingle Bells?
Doesn’t this picture just make you want to sing Jingle Bells?
Taking in the view of the their street from a new angle… and speed.
Taking in the view of the their street from a new angle… and speed.
It's not a white horse, but he's come to  whisk away a princess!
It’s not a white horse, but he’s come to whisk away a princess!
Better watch out for the princess's dad. Just saying'…
Better watch out for the princess’s dad. He’s got a whole army to back him up…
With Sarah and Danielle
With Sarah and Danielle… and one seriously awesome little Christmas dress!
The cuteness is just killing me!
The cuteness is just killing me!
Just cruising the 'hood in a horse cart on a Friday evening. Why? What did you do this weekend?
Just cruising the ‘hood in a horse cart.
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See how well-behaved the kids are being? Has nothing at all to do with Pape holding a horse whip. Nothing at all.
He made it just in time to see his wife and daughter coming home on a horse cart. (Which means that the next time we send out a cryptic invitation, he'll either run and hide or be totally on board.)
He made it just in time to see his wife and daughter coming home on a horse cart. (Which means that the next time we send out a cryptic invitation, he’ll either run and hide or be totally on board.)
Many thanks to Basse, who helped us plan this little Christmas surprise!
Many thanks to our friend Basse, who helped us plan this little Christmas surprise!

(Hopkins and Olanders, you were missed! See you January 31st for the Shack Crawl?)

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