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Entries for date "February 2017"

Going Home

Its my last morning in Mbour.  There are so many things I haven't done.  I'm traveling a lot differently than I used to.  Once upon a time, even on a work trip, I would spend a good deal of time in a new place wandering alone, seeing the sites, trying to understand what the people are like.  This was a very limited and limiting process... the problem was ...

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A Call to Reflect and Connect

As my last week in Senegal commences, I find that I'm exhibiting outward signs of homesickness that I'm not necessarily conscious of -- I'm petting the cats a lot more, for one.  There are cats everywhere in Senegal.  Everywhere we have traveled, there have been cats around.  I have two cats at home so I'm naturally drawn to them, but if you're not a cat person ...

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Goree Island

This last weekend Nate and I went to Goree Island.  Goree Island was the western most embarkation point for slaves being transported to the Americas.  According to Wikipedia:


Gorée is a small island 900 metres (3,000 ft) in length and 350 metres (1,150 ft) in width sheltered by the Cap-Vert Peninsula. Now part of the city of Dakar, it was a minor port and site of European settlement ...

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