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The theme of the birthday lunch: wax print, of course!

As it’s been stated before, I’m not usually big on celebrations. But when Jenn informed me she was organizing a birthday lunch for me and that it was going to be a wax-print themed little event at Noflaye Beach… Well, of course I was totally on board and loved the idea!

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Noflaye Beach restaurant
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In case you ever wondered who I roll with in Dakar, it’s this lovely, wonderful, sweet crew.
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Very sunny and beautiful. (My apologies, snowed-in Americans.)
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Birthday lunch ladies
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Freshly squeezed grapefruit juice is apparently THE drink these days.
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She has the best laugh ever.
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Celebratory signage by Jenn
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Opening my gift and I was SO SUPRISED!
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Thank you, Jenn! I don’t know what I’m going to do when you leave Dakar.
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I love it. Love, love, love it. It’s an aquamarine quartz set in silver on a black leather bracelet, designed by Wendy of My African Heart. (Thank you, Wendy!)
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Jenn in her top by Bapribap
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Monica with her bogolan (mud cloth) bag she designed and had made herself. Maybe for my next birthday…😉
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The view towards Mamelles
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Saoussan in her wax print dress by Seydou
Danielle in her pocket skirt by Seydou. Gotta' love a good chicken print!
Danielle in her pocket skirt by Seydou. Gotta’ love a good chicken print!
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‘No Woman, No Cry’ performed on repeat. But hey, it added to the ambiance.
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Diana in her accidental-miniskirt by Barry
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My dashiki print ‘twirly skirt’ made by Marietou of Khady Couture.
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Michelle in a wax print dress by Seydou
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Love this view.

PS. I’m not really 37 yet. So if any of you read this and thought, “Wow, I thought she was younger than that!” well, that’s enough of a gift for me.