Dakar, Senegal

This trip lasted two nights because I wanted to be home in time for the birth of my nephew. Yes i know, i should have gone after his birth but i got a deal too good to resist from a friend so why not? Hmmmmm….what to do within a short period of time.

Senegal is situated in West Africa and has a population of about 16 million. Their official language is French so communication was a bit challenging. It took about 6 hours to get to Dakar with a 30 minutes stop at  Freetown and Banjul respectively.

The drive from the airport to the hotel was 45 minutes giving me enough time to take in the city.  After unpacking I got hungry (y’all know i don’t play with my food lol) so I walked to the beach(one of the perks of the hotel) which had a lot of restaurants. Due to the communication barrier it was difficult to make up my mind, I eventually settled for So’ Beach and had a very quiet evening.

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Yaas Hotel, Almadies (small but clean)

The next day, I got a taxi in front of the hotel and headed to Gorée island. I boarded a ferry and arrived at the island twenty-five minutes later. While on the ferry , I was approached by a tour guide who offered to show me the island for a tip of any amount I like.

Popular for the role it played during the Atlantic slave trade, the island has a lot of historic buildings maintained by the government. The major religion is Christianity and Islam and they live peacefully. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. First stop was the House of Slaves, now a museum. I  had still not gotten over my experience at Elmina Castle so I was a bit hesitant.  It wasn’t  so bad as I knew what to expect, the deplorable conditions people were forced to live in and the gruesome stories.

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House of Slaves
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one of the cells

Today Gorée Island is a place of tranquility, with no cars and lots of tourists.  I walked around the island for about 20 minutes before I left.

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This statue symbolizes freedom
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Catholic Church
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Sandpainting

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On my way back to the hotel, I stopped at The African Renaissance Monument which is the tallest statue in Africa. After climbing to the top and back I was very tired. The taxi driver suggested I visit the Pink Lake but all I wanted to do was have dinner, sleep and get ready to return to Nigeria the next day. If I visit Senegal again, the pink lake will be at the top of my to-do list.

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Psalm 18:36“You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip.”

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