Dafa tang. "It's Hot"
06.18.2008 - 06.18.2008
Hi all, sorry I haven't been able to write! They have kept us busy and the internet cafe is not close to our rooms so I was not able to go last night after dinner.
At the moment I only have 15 minutes to use the computers - everyone else has walked to the resturaunt, but I chose to stay and talk to you! I do have to catch up with them soon because we are going to a concert at the cathedral for some music with traditional instuments.
The flight over was ok - very long flights with long layovers...but it has been worth it!!! The Senegalese people are wonderful and so are all the World View participants, especially Mollie - my roomate.
Since we've arrived our "guides" Josephine, Marianne, and Waly have been very gracious, patient, and fun. Josephine is working on her masters in communications, Marianne is getting her Ph D in American studies (I think), and Waly has a master's in developement for developing counties. They all speak English very well, French, and Wolof, and probably some other native languages but I have not been able to ask them about that yet. Ossenou is another guide, I'm not sure if he is a student...but he is awesome at helping us shop. He gets the best price and won't let us buy if it is not a good price.
When we arrived on Sunday they brought us to our rooms. I met Mollie and we discovered we had a great room with air conditioning and running water. We are among the lucky Some do not have AC, and some only have running water occasionally. We are split into two groups since the center here on the University Cheik Anka Diop does not have enough rooms for all of us. Those at the other lodging do not have water, but they have internet in their hotel (go figure - gotta love Africa!!!) Then we went out to a resturant for a big meal, everyone was tired - but we had a great dinner (that helped get us off to a great start). My favorite was the plantains.
On Monday we drove around Dakar in vans for a visual tour - it rained heavily and the roads were flooded. We got wet, but it felt good to be cool. Then we went to some markets - crash couse in bargining in a foriegn language for many of the people who had never been out of the country!!! I'll explain later when I have more time.
Yesterday we visited Goree Island and the Door of No Return, where many slaves were kept to be put into ships to be sent to the Americas - a very powerful experience for everyone in the group. But the island was beautiful, many flowers, and more vendors - they are very aggressive on Goree and they all call you "my sister" , "my brother" There was also a school group there about 500 kids! they were having a blast swiming in the ocean.
Today we visited the high school - I saw one teacher teaching genetics lessons - ABO blood typing and many teaching algebra (all in French). They have 1 small computer lab and a very small library. More stats later. Then we came back to the university for a lecture and wolof lessons.
All right - I'm pushing it gotta run!!! Take care and I hope to get on again before we go to the beach this weekend. I'm not sure if they will have internet there or not.