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Senegal: Saying Goodbye

After the two weeks in Ziguinchor we headed back to Dakar to finish off our final week before returning to Toronto.  We had our last sight seeing trip planned and that was to see Lac Rose – Pink Lake.

A unique bacteria in the water gives it this pink colour.  It also has a very high salt content.  Harvesting the salt is a reliable source of income for many.  When you swim in the lake you float as if you had one of those water noodles.  It’s good for skin conditions but of course you shouldn’t stay in too long as it would be very drying.

We spent the day there and ate at this hotel, the scenery was serene and gorgeous

Joe and his son

It was really hard leaving.  Joe ended up getting sick so he did not accompany us to the airport like he intended.  Upon hearing this I burst into tears which I think surprised even myself.  We had just spent every day with him and I have to say he is the best boss I’ve ever had.

Fanfan, Marie, Olivier

We lived with these cute terrors in Dakar for 4 weeks.  Every time a camera was even in the room must less on them they were posing.  I miss them.  I still keep in touch with the cousin and brother from the family.  Actually, small world, the sister lives in my home town.  Not Toronto, my actual home town of Mississauga.  I visited her after returning from Senegal.

I met Christine 3 days before we left for this trip.  We got along really well and good thing too since we spent every waking moment together.  We shared a room the entire time as well so we were both relieved that we actually liked each other.  We are still in contact.

We returned to snow and ice.  The trip started in February and ended mid March.  When I was clearing my driveway I broke off this chunk of ice.  Okay, I know I was feeling home sick for Senegal but you have to admit it looks like the west coast of Africa, look at a map!

I’d love to return to Senegal, it’s a matter of when.  I was definitely a changed person after the experience.  I forgot to mention Teranga which means hospitality.  Senegalese are know for being very friendly.  There was an amazing sense of community there that I have not felt anywhere else.  You should go, and take me with you.

Part 1: Senegal – the beginning

Part 2: Senegal – Villages


108 thoughts on “Senegal: Saying Goodbye

  1. I have never thought about visiting Senegal, but after seeing your pictures, it looks like a beautiful country full of beautiful people. I enjoyed reading this post and your others about your trip to Senegal. How fortunate you were to get to go and get paid for it.

    • Thanks Susan, I didn’t and still don’t take for granted I was able to have this experience and paid for. I’m glad you now consider it a travel destination, it is reasonably priced as well. They also have eco tourist lodgings that are great.

  2. Gorgeous pictures! I swam in the Dead Sea in Israel once, very similar, you couldn’t not float! Also my mother had a terrible skin condition that never returned after and hour in the dead sea! MIraculous salt 🙂

  3. Thanks for sharing. Just out of curiosity, since I am definitely a bit of a foodie, what would you say is a typical Senegalese meal? Also, did you get a chance to see the schools; what is the education system like?

    • Hi there, thanks for reading. Typical dish would be fish, rice and some limited veg. I, as well as Christine really liked the food. The girls who went the year before us hated it so we were unsure at first but it was great. It is actually considered to be some of the best cuisine in Africa.

      As for the school system my knowledge there is limited. We did see a lot of schools. However, the majority of the ones we saw were run by the organisation we were with and were specific for language and capacity building. As you might guess in the villages access is not as good as the cities and the villages are seeing a lot of the kids go to the cities. The common theme however was the importance of education and the want to learn.

  4. I’ve loved your posts on Senegal and definitely want to visit there one day. I just love the way the word Senegal rolls off the tongue. I lived in Nigeria when I was younger, for nine months.

    I love the first photo – the lake really is pink!

      • I was four years old. All I remember was the prevalence of street beggars (due to te Yoruba tradition of first born businessman, second born priest and third born beggar – they were crippled and mutilated at birth). I got maleria and lived in a big, old doctor’s house and have been scared of the dark ever since!!

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  6. Great post! I was fortunate to spend some time on the continent. My hubby, my son, and I lived in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for one year. I am just now beginning to blog about our time there. Senegal is definitely on our top five for future places to visit, (along with Morocco, South Africa, Zanzibar, and Egypt).

  7. Hi, I saw your blog on Freshly Pressed. I’m currently a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. I’ve lived here almost a year now. I’m happy to see you gave my country of residence a raving review. Always good to boost tourism!

    Here’s a link to my blog. I share my experiences living in this crazy country:

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    • Ah, only one ignorant comment. Not sure if I expected more or not. My calf muscles are doing fine thanks, as are the many others who have visited for vacation. I however did not go on vacation. This was a youth exchange and I was there working. I saw the amazing work that many dedicated community agencies and mostly volunteers are doing for and in tandem with the community.

      There is conflict, however Senegal on the whole is a stable democratic country. The country is not perfect but I am from Canada, living in the UK and neither of those countries are either.

      • Very good reply to this ignorant comment. Every country has conflicts, and yes, some more than others, but it is terrible to generalize its people based on the country’s problems.

  9. I’ve never seen a “pink lake.” You take great photos and I enjoyed looking at the beautiful sceneries you captured.

    Congratulations for making it in the freshly pressed! 🙂

  10. Lovely photos, reminded me of my trip to Tanzania a few months ago (which I loved), though I wonder how different the West African landscape is from the eastern parts…
    Sorry to hear about all the wasted lotion! 😉

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  13. Congrats on being FP! Gorgeous photos from a gorgeous lady hehe. Loved that west coast of africa connection to the chunk of ice! There’s lots of positivity in this post.. it’s very inspirational. I recently saw this documentary called Discover the Gift and it talks about spirituality, and having a connection with yourself, the world, and those who you love… It’s a great film. Have you heard of it? Don’t mean to get off topic but… it really helped me out and maybe it can do the same for you.. Have a great day!

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