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.
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.
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