Greetings from Dakar, Senegal!

Kelila Johnson
July 1, 2013

So, here we are.  On our week-long excursion to Sub-Saharan Africa.  So far…an interesting experience.  There are the expected things, like being a very obvious racial minority or the stifling humidity, either of which would make for an educational experience, but the fact that we have no plumbing at the university housing we are staying in today…THAT ensures that we are on a (mis)adventure.  Oh, don’t get me wrong, we have what appears to be a functioning bathroom, but there is no water in it -_-

Sunday is a holiday in Senegal – nothing is open, and no one works.  So we are out of luck until tomorrow.

In other news, once we get the plumbing sorted, I think this will be a good experience.  We had our bus tour of Dakar today, as well as a delicious welcome lunch.  Dakar looks…well, it looks like every film depiction of Sub-Saharan African cities that you have ever seen.  Morocco is not really “Africa”. Senegal is Africa.  We can see now why North Africans don’t really consider themselves “African”.

Anyway, we got in at like 5am this morning and have a very challenging schedule for the week, so…

A bientôt!

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<p><span style="color: rgb(29, 29, 29); font-family: Arial, Verdana, sans-serif; font-size: 12px; line-height: normal; background-color: rgb(237, 237, 237);">My name is Kelila Johnson. I am a third-year student at Pitzer College majoring in International &amp; Intercultural Studies with a regional emphasis on the Middle East and North Africa. I also work full-time as the manager of the campus coffee shop. I have been active in college governance, serving on committees in my capacity as a staff member and I am a proud member of Student Senate, where I represent the &quot;New Resources Students&quot; who are the non-traditional student population at Pitzer. In my free time I catch up on sleep, go to Disneyland, watch movies, read, and spend quality time with my cat. I love to travel, and I&#39;m looking forward to improving my French language skills and experiencing a culture quite different from home.</span></p>

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