Had the most beautiful day at the Île de Madeleine, an island off the coast of Dakar and accessible by pirogue. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most beautiful wild places I’ve seen in Dakar. There, we saw baobab trees covered in huge wild comorants, peeked into bird nests, saw a shipwreck and swam on the beach! (Click on photos to see them bigger.)
A beautiful tranquil view of the Casamance river.
The Senegalese economy runs on peanuts–it is one of the major agricultural products. In the village, I helped to shell all these peanuts.
My yaay and Nene making the best beignets I’ve ever had. She flavored them with orange blossom and lime zest!
Spent the past few days staying in the village of Sangako, a tiny village where there was no electricity, along the river! It was hot, dirty, and dusty, but a great time and I learned so much! You can see the room where I slept in one of those huts!
Here you can see some of the members of the community who lived in the same compound where I did and who I got very close to. On the left, you can see Sofi Senghor, the mom and leader of the women in the community, and her daughter Sofi Bass. On the right, you can see little Sofi and Binta, another woman in the compound who I got very close to as well!
My older sister Rama, looking beautiful as she heads off to a wedding.
My sister Nene rocking a beautiful African print dress!
Pap Samba was wearing such a fun Friday outfit that I had to take a photo.