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10 minutes (seriously) to save a life

International Christian Fellowship, Precious Gift, Hopital Principal and Chez Fatou invite you to donate blood to help replenish desperately low banks during Ramadan, a time when many are fasting and cannot give blood. 10 minutes to save a life… plus every donor at our June 3rd blood drive will walk out with a gift from our lovely host, Chez Fatou restaurant in Almadies: a coupon to buy one item, get one free!

I know. I know. You’re all like, “10 minutes, suuure…” But ladies and gentlemen, Continue reading “10 minutes (seriously) to save a life”

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Spring cleaning? Decluttering? Consider donating…

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Over the next couple of months, many of Dakar’s expats will be moving away as their assignments and contracts here come to a close – which means that yard sale season is upon us! And then there are some of us who are staying here, but still feel the urge to do some serious spring cleaning and decluttering.

Whatever the reason may be, if you find yourself looking at a pile of stuff thinking, “Who could use this?” or “Where could I donate that?”, this list is for you! I’ve compiled a list of 20+ local organizations and projects that are in need of non-financial donations and many of the items could be in that ever-growing pile sitting in front of you…

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You can download the PDF below to find a good home for everything from can openers to cloth diapers, cleaning supplies to children’s books!

Donations

The list includes current donation requests from Keru Yakaar (House of Hope) Clinic, AYWA International, The Beer-Sheba Agricultural Project, African Chelonian Institute, La Pouponniere de Dakar, Ligue pour la Protection des Animaux, L’Ecole Renaissance des Sourds and other great initiatives in and around Dakar. Please share the list with anyone you think may be interested.

If you know of a project or organization that may want to be included in this list, just let me know. Thanks!

Coco Sahel

My obsession with fresh coconuts is well documented.

Most of the vendors are young guys who have come from Guinea so your Wolof skills will only get you so far. Better luck with French. Or charades. The good news is that there are only two basic questions to answer: do you want a 400 CFA or 500 CFA coconut? With meat to eat, or just coconut water?

One of the vendors I go to most often parks his pushcart on the Corniche, a strategic location where thirsty runners and athletes pass by.
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Dakar Yoga

Hello, and thank you for joining me for my very first Dakar Yoga class. You may not know that I am quite the yogini (just Googled it to be sure I’m using the word correctly), but after accumulating a whopping five classes with Jenneke and Mina under my belt, I felt the time had come for me to take the next step and start teaching my own class.

So grab a straw mat and a bottle of Kirene, put on a comfy pair of tie-dyed chaya pants and join us for some Dakar Yoga… Continue reading “Dakar Yoga”

How do expats say hello?

“I wouldn’t kiss Danielle, but I always bisou her husband. And Lauren and I hug at coffee dates but I think kiss at other events.”

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These are things expats say. I know because we discuss them regularly in various circles. How do we greet each other… and why on Earth do we do it that way? Every interaction with another expat takes into account three factors: my home culture, their home culture and the culture and level of formality of the event where we are greeting each other.

Some cultures greet with a handshake, others with a (wimpy or bear) hug, or kisses on both cheeks, even three cheek kisses (hallo Dutch buddies!), some just a casual head-nod-wassup. And let’s not forget the religious who do not touch members of the opposite sex, but instead opt for a polite clasping of their hands at the chest to acknowledge and greet you. These make for an interesting mix when you toss them all together.
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9 (hot) things to do (hot) today

It has been SO hot recently. I went to bed in a sweatshirt one night and woke up in the middle of the Sahel Desert right in my bedroom.  So hot. The good news is that it’s too hot to stay this hot…in April. 

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But yes, it will get hotter. And much, much, much more humid. (I mean at least this is dry heat, ammirite longtimers?) 

However let’s be wise and do the following seven things:

1. Put a mostly-full Kirene bottle of water in the freezer. Give it to a guard, delivery person, talibé boy… A much appreciated gift we can give daily in hot weather.  Continue reading “9 (hot) things to do (hot) today”

I had a Mom-meltdown at church today.

“I can’t take this anymore,” I hissed, holding my daughter by her armpits, storming out the back door without making eye contact with anyone.

It had been a pretty typical morning. Make breakfast x4, get three of us dressed, teeth brushed and hair fixed, snacks made, a couple of loads of of laundry started… you know. We were out the door on time and everyone was even in fairly good moods and no one got upset about not finding the exact shoe they wanted to wear.

But as I sat there before the second song even started, something just snapped. Continue reading “I had a Mom-meltdown at church today.”

My Senegal travel tips 

Let’s be honest. 90% of my “travel” is within a two-hour radius of Dakar. So this post would be more accurately titled “Tips for going to Saly with little kids.”

1. You cannot pack too much bottled water. On our way out of Dakar, we stop to buy an extra 6-pack of 1.5 liter bottles of Kirene, just in case. And they usually don’t make it home.

2. Also stock up on extra credit for phone and internet before you go. There are some dead zones for cell service but in general you can get online and figure out where on (Google) Earth you are when needed.

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3. Sunglasses. Yes, they protect your eyes from sun, blah blah blah. They also allow you to close your eyes discreetly so the driver can’t see that you are freaking out internally when they pass a semi-truck going around a blind curve. Continue reading “My Senegal travel tips “

2017 DWG Art Show

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When 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 four 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 “2017 DWG Art Show”

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