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Dakar

Dakar is an incredible city that mixes tradition with modernity, Africa with the West, and hectic city life with relaxed beach life!  Dakar is changing rapidly with new modern hotels sadly being built along the beautiful clear coastline, but with an unemployment rate last year of almost 50%, an increasing number of tourists could bring improved job opportunities for local people and a better financial status for the country.  Poverty aside, the city is exciting and vibrant, even at night - local people dress well in colourful traditional boubous, there is often music and dancing in the streets, people are friendly and welcoming, and over the period I was there, the weather was beautiful.  I learnt a lot about regular life in Dakar by living with a family in a residential area called Sacré Coeur 3, a truly unforgettable experience!

 

The famous Cars Rapides are the main form of transport around the city although they are now being replaced with more modern versions. The famous Cars Rapides are the main form of transport around the city although they are now being replaced with more modern versions. 
Football is as big in Senegal as it is in the UK!
Football is as big in Senegal as it is in the UK!
The coastline of Dakar is stunning, though slowly the effects of tourism are beginning to show with large hotels being built along parts of the beach.
The coastline of Dakar is stunning, though slowly the effects of tourism are beginning to show with large hotels being built along parts of the beach. 
The Senegalese take huge amounts of pride in their appearance and for many, the local tailor will make all their clothes to measure!
The Senegalese take huge amounts of pride in their appearance and for many, the local tailor will make all their clothes to measure! 
The Pirogue is a traditional boat used for fishing and now transport to the Island of Ngor just off the coast of Dakar.
The Pirogue is a traditional boat used for fishing and now transport to the Island of Ngor just off the coast of Dakar. 
At home with Mama in Sacré Coeur 3, just north of the city centre.  We are both wearing Senegalese boubous to celebrate a family baptism.
At home with Mama in Sacré Coeur 3, just north of the city centre.  We are both wearing Senegalese boubous to celebrate a family baptism. 
The cooking usually takes place in the back yard and can often be a group social affair. The cooking usually takes place in the back yard and can often be a group social affair.
My husband, Mark came to visit whilst I was staying with the family, and little Amina was my best buddy when he had to go home!
My husband, Mark came to visit whilst I was staying with the family, and little Amina was my best buddy when he had to go home! 
Papa is Imam at the local Mosque and often invited guests back to the house. Papa is Imam at the local Mosque and often invited guests back to the house.
The goats lived behind the house, although I found it hard to stomach when I saw one slaughtered for a family celebration...
The goats lived behind the house, although I found it hard to stomach when I saw one slaughtered for a family celebration... 
 

 

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