Senegal luxe

Trip Start Apr 05, 2009
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Trip End Jul 16, 2009


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Sunday, July 12, 2009

This weekend, Julie, Kareem, and I went with their friend Izzy to the Sine-Saloum delta, where a major river meets the ocean south of Dakar.  The drive itself took about 3 1/2 hours, about half of that on dirt roads that have seen better days.  Kareem had a very difficult drive but got us there safely with only one missed turn-- which wasn't his fault but the fault of a sign that effectively said "turn right at one of the many turns up ahead."  Helpful!

We stayed in two different bungalows, one on stilts over the delta's water and the other in a baobab tree with a really sweet bathroom beneath it.  The view was really beautiful and there were no cities or anything near our resort.  We brought a cooler full of booze and immediately got to work on the deck outside the riverside bungalow after we arrived.  We had dinner included and talked a lot with the Senegalese men who worked at the resort, who were really nice and very disappointed when Kareem was too tired to take strong tea with them after dinner.

On Saturday, we went to check out the oceanside pool of the Royal Lodge, only a 10 minute drive from our resort.  It was phenomenal, as you can see in the pictures.  We had to pay a minimum of about $30 apiece to use the pool, so we had lunch and the drink du jour, a mix of vodka, triple sec, bissap juice, and another juice.  Here and in Dakar, I've had great fish dishes since I've been only along the coast.  The pool setting was beautiful, and the water was cool, unlike the beach in Ko Tao in Thailand, the last time I went swimming.  We spent the day being silly in the pool and taking silly pictures, particularly having our drinks in the pool from one of the best inventions of all time, the swim-up bar.  It was a wonderful, relaxing day-- a real vacation in my "vacation" of traveling.

I'm sad to be leaving Julie and Kareem late tonight for Portugal, and also to be ending my travels soon, but I'm looking forward to Lisbon and to seeing everyone again in the U.S.  It's hard to believe that soon I'll have more than 5 shirts and 3 pairs of pants to choose from every day... and also won't be able to do whatever I want, whenever I want, without regard for time or money.  In any case, hopefully I'll write you all again from Lisbon!
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