Friday, January 25, 2008

Hey everyone!
Naka nga def? (How's it going?)

Today we went to downtown Dakar and saw the African Art Museum there. It's actually an ethnography/art musuem so it had lots of displays set up with the art pieces (like masks for example) being used in a traditional setting. It was pretty interesting - though I think it would have been more enjoyable if we had been allowed to look around on our own instead of staying with one big group.

It's a really small musuem compared to most others in the US. It's only two rooms on the ground floor and then there's an upstairs with more art displays.

After the art musuem some of my friends and I walked around the city for a while. It was quite an interesting adventure. Megan, Katie, and I ended up eating at some little restaurant that had some really good food. Megan and I had fattaya - it's sort of like an Indian somosa (fried dough with meat stuff inside.) Katie had a schwarma (which is kind of like a gyro).

Then we walked around the market for a little while Megan ended up buying a little toy car rapide. At one point I thought someone had stolen my wallet, but then I realized I'd just put it in a different pocket.

I (of all people!) bartered for our taxi ride home today. It was quite an interesting experience, but I think I'm getting the hang of bartering.

Dakar is such an interesting place - I'm not really sure how to describe it. I love it though, and I'm glad to be here for the time being.

We're going to Goree Island this weekend. (My group is going on Sunday). Goree Island is one of the places where slaves were held before being shipped to the Americas. You can read more about it here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gor%C3%A9e

Here's a picture for you:


I'll be sure to take lots of pictures while I'm there.

That's it for now. Ba beneen yoon!
Kelly

3 comments:

Donna said...

Hi Kelly. I just wanted to let you know that I've been following your adventures. I'm so glad you are keeping this blog...we can all learn a lot right along with you. I especially appreciate the descriptions of the food (the more details the better !). And I love the photos. Take care. Donna Mohler

Dannielle said...

I am glad you are getting the hang of things. I knew you would we good a bartering.
I, too, am enjoying hearing about the food and will be reading all about Goree, tonight.

have a great one,
Dannielle

Aunt Tammy said...

Hi Kelly, sounds like everything is going really great! Uncle Ron & I leave Sat for our cruise, but I will check in when we get back. Take care & know how much we love you!