All dressed up for the inauguration of the vocational center for boys in Saint-Louis!
  • Donkeys. (He-haw!)
  • Butcher shacks with legs and sides of beef just hanging out in the open air
  • A strip just outside of Thies with the best basket-shopping in Senegal
  • Pigs (only near Thies since there are Catholic Sereer there)
  • Pick-up trucks carrying 20+ people.
  • Monkeys on the backs of buses (spiritual protection for the vehicle is what we’ve been told)
  • Monkeys playing in the desert
The kids in their bazin ensembles
  • Clementines, grapefruit, green beans, kinkeliba and melons. The village of Pout is THE place to buy whatever’s in season.
  • Mauritanian tents
  • Signs for ‘deplumeuse de poulet’. A chicken de-featherer, should you ever need this service.
  • Huge buzzards. Huge.
  • A moto carrying three men and two chickens
  • Massive speed bumps that seem to have reproduced like rabbits near Tivaouane.
  • Brown dirt and scrubby bushes that turn into piles of reddish sand
Seats filling for the inauguration
  • Skinny cows
  • Women carrying loads of wood on their heads and babies on their backs
  • A huge billboard wishing pilgrims a peaceful visit to their sacred site
  • Speed limit signs of 130km/hr on the new autoroute
  • Hitch-hikers (Tip: flashing your lights at them means, “I’m sorry, I can’t pick you up.)
  • Vendors clamoring around bus windows trying to sell snacks and drinks to passengers
The guys on the beach
  • Big mosques
  • Little mosques
  • Mosques covered in beautiful tile mosaics
  • Mosques made from sticks and twigs
  • Colorful mosques
  • Cement-brick mosques
Little guys, big imaginations.
  • Mosques on the side of the road
  • Mosques in villages
  • Mosques in gas stations
  • A sign for the village of GANDIOL. (That’s where you want to turn to get to the Niokobokk, our favorite place to stay.)
Dinner at the Niokobokk
Dinner at the Niokobokk
  • Leather sandals in the village of Mekhé
  • Horse carts carrying bales of hay, people and anything else that needs to get from point A to point B.
  • Cashew vendors
  • Miles of railroad tracks, but no trains.
  • Many little restaurants advertising “open 24/7” that appear closed
  • Camels (near Kebemer and Louga)
Senegalese horse… Just kidding!
  • A new, big, blue gas station on the Dakar side of Tivaouane that has good snacks and clean bathrooms!
  • Overloaded trucks wobbling down the road
  • Policemen pulling people over for speeding/not stopping at railroad crossings/baggage improperly stowed
  • Joel getting pulled over. Again. 🙂
  • A sign for Heifer International (I had no idea they were in Senegal)
  • A guy wearing a purple shirt that said, “Real Women Know God”.
Real men make delicious mud pies.
  • Goats (tails up)
  • Sheep (tails down)
  • Two cars + 1 moto + 1 van wedging themselves into two lanes.
  • Push-carts full of oranges
  • Stacks of firewood at 100cfa/kilo in Thies.
Bonfire with our firewood from Thies
  • Roadkill
  • The occasional plastic bag on the side of the road (ha ha)
  • “Une pause qui s’impose”. If you’ve made the trip, you know the sign!
Sunset in Gandiol

A couple things to note… Photos courtesy of Jeana, Ewien and my dead camera battery. If you’d like more information on the vocational center for boys, send me an email or leave a comment below. And if you’d like to stay at the Niokobokk, we highly recommend it!