Exploring: markets, shirts, views & pools !

Trip Start Feb 02, 2008
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Trip End May 03, 2008


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Saturday, February 16, 2008

On Friday I was taken out by the office driver for my obligatory driving test ! - before having insurance cover to drive in senegal. Not that i need the cover really cos everything is do'able on foot or local taxis , and having resp for a car is just a hassle.
went in the evening for a nice post-work farewell ceremony for a member of Oxfam America staff here. Had to make a little speech on behalf of us in French .... bit halting but fine !


sat 16/2
went into town again for some exploration: KERMEL market .... MUCH less bloody than SANDAGA last weekend. big veg & fish market. surrounded by LOADS of handicraft stalls - quite fun to browse, but very eager indeed salesmen !

did a lot more wandering and eventually found my self wandering from cloth shop to cloth shop, which i had been looking for , to try to find the best selection of cloth to buy to get some new shirts made up. I had taken into town with me one of my own short sleeved shirts which i wanted copied. Eventually found a good shop run by an ancient lebanese trader. bought 5x 3yards of lovely cloth (@ only 1 per yard !!). After a HUGE amount (and time !) of bargaining - managed to get the price for making-up by the tailor down to 3 per shirt ! I hope the shirts will end up being worth 6 each - I am sure they will !!

also did a long walk along what is called the East Corniche - it is winding walk which is NOT advisable at or after dusk, but in the HOT HOT sun of the midday - it was not only very hot (and safe - due to the fact that it was really too hot to do anything except lie on the wall ! see pic) but also gave lovely views of Goree Island (the historic old slaving island - see pic.

I also found a gorgeous hotel on the corniche, with a pool for caroline to visit when she is here whilst I WILL BE WORKING HARD IN THE DAYTIMES !! - fabulous location. see pic

then wandered back into town - and found the old "centre culturel francais" which has a lovely big garden and cafe in downtown dakar, and a super old colonial building, see pics, and a quirky life sized work of art which is one of the local minibus taxis with sculptured people and items inside and on top of it !
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