Sans GPS, Still Not Lost
Trip Start Jun 04, 2012
172Trip End Apr 04, 2013
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V has had this device in his possession for more than 7 years faithfully carting it on his person through several trips. Senegal lived up to its reputation by separating it from him within a day of our arrival. Fully aware of the country's tentacular nature, we had taken great care not to have any valuables within reach, stowing them all (wallet, iPhone, camera) deep inside our bags. But the handheld GPS by its very nature is not a creature that lives away from the sky and so V unwisely let it stay in its favorite position on the outside of his bag (where it had spent the past 7 months untouched by alien hands) while everything else went inside. The correct thing to do would have been to hold it in his hand (as its very name suggests!). At least, while venturing into places like the Saint-Louis market. Hindsight is truly 20/20. The pity of it is that the device is an old model with little commercial value. Its buttons are worn out making it difficult for a new user to even operate it. It would be fairly useless to anyone other than V whose fingers have adapted to the device. On the flipside, V can now look forward to the freedom of not having to babysit it anymore. No more firing up recharging of batteries to keep it going.
Saint-Louis (pronounced in the French manner - san louee) has a peculiar geography
The island is so neatly laid out into the rectangular grid street pattern so common in the US that it may well be mistaken for its namesake by the Missouri. But any similarity ends there. All that is left today are decaying colonial buildings and a few hotels and bars. Yet another similarity is with the French Quarter in New Orleans due to the wrought-iron balconies overlooking the street, the grid structure and the annual Jazz Festival. It was an ideal place for us to lay low for a couple of days to recover from our Mauritanian adventure before beginning a new one in Senegal.