Senegal, West Africa| Before I was a Photographer :)

I get so many questions about my time in West Africa-specifically in Dakar, Senegal.  For those of you who don’t know where Senegal is, it’s in north-west Africa.  Just a little ways below Morocco, if that’s helpful.

I spent my last semester of college studying in Dakar, and I absolutely fell in love with it.  Well, I fell in love with Dakar, but I also fell in love with the man who is now my husband.

There’s so much that I could say about Senegal-so much that I want to say.  But it’s hard to put a place like Dakar into words.  Words don’t quite cut it.  Nor do images. Because so many of my memories are based on scents and sounds and the kindness of the people I met there. And it’s hard to put all of those things into a blog post.

But Senegal is a big part of my life. Not just my past, but my present and future.  I have family and loved ones there, and I know I will always be able to have a home there.

A few quick things about Senegal.

1.) It’s safe.

2.) It’s a democracy and has a stable government.

3.)  Senegal is known for the hospitality and generosity of the people who live there.

4.)  Although they are probably better off than a lot of other countries in Africa, life is still a day-to-day struggle for a large portion of the population.

5.) It’s beautiful.

6.) If i could go back tomorrow, I would.

Ok-take it easy on me with these pictures.  These were all taken with a point and shoot way before I knew anything about photography other than I enjoyed it.

This was the University campus. Not too shabby, huh?

And this was my neighborhood. Senegal is full of contrast.

 My typical form of transportation. A guy hangs off the back door and shouts the direction that the bus is headed. You wait for one that’s going in your direction

Ridiculously gorgeous beaches.

Lamine and I when we were dating.  It’s soooo humid there. Excuse the sheen of sweat in all of these.

More buses.  This thing is totally moving in this picture, by the way.  In case you couldn’t tell.

 

Ack! I don’t even want to show you this, but I spent a week in a little village and they loved playing “dress up the toubab.”  Toubab means “white person” or “foreigner”  in Senegal.

Here’s one of me looking normal to balance out the craziness of the last one. And Lamine, of course. Isn’t he cute?

Dakar. Such a beautiful city, but so chaotic and full of so many contrasting elements.

 

Senegalese grocery store. Well, it’s not really just a grocery store. They sell a little bit of everything. And what you see in the picture is pretty much it. They’re TINY! And they’re on pretty much every corner. Miss these!

 

These little girls were so gorgeous! Ugh, those big, brown eyes just kill me.

 

 

Well, that’s all for now.  I hope we get to go back to Senegal soon. Then I can post some real pictures 🙂

Thanks for looking, and I hope this answers a few of the very general questions that you may have had about Senegal and my time there. If you’ve got more, feel free to ask away.  I’ll save them up for another post soon.