Monthly Archives: September 2010

HAKUNA MATATA!

Hakuna Matata…they actually do say that here in Mali, even though the phrase is Swahili.  I am not quite at the “No Worries” stage :)….but working on it each day! So I write this now from a little hotel called The Sleeping Camel in Bamako, Mali.  My room is absolutely bare minimum in its decore and furnishing….but…

Me? Senegalese? Oui!

I know I have been in Africa the last 3 days, but today I really FELT like I was in Africa.  I don’t know if I can explain the change…I think it is a little bit of everything: acknowledging my own culture shock and a bit of homesickness, recognizing the power of this place and how it…

Gorée Island and The Door of No Return

***Due to Power Outages (that apparently happen all over Africa all the time) there were many technical difficulties posting this last night :)…alas here it is today, one day late.  These events occurred yesterday, Sept. 27.  As a note, as I write this there is Xmas music playing in the background….hmmm *** Although I was tired when…

I am in AFricKa :)!

My first full day of this 2 month sojourn is officially complete!  And, geez, did it beat expectations! Few Senegal Fun Facts: Languages Spoken:  Wolof, French and not enough English 🙂 (oh wow am I having to learn French phrases fast!) Population in Dakar:  5 million souls Population in Senegal: 14 Million Independance Earned in 1960.…

Waiting to Board Flight to Dakar

Here are 2 Jen Factoids:  I hate red eyes and I am horrible at dealing with jet lag!  AND here I am exhausted at JFK airport from last night’s red eye only to board yet another red eye :)!  Brilliant! My fellow passengers are starting to accumulate around me there are a lot of regal Senegalese women in beautiful and…

Welcome to my first blog ever!

“We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world of the glories of our journey.”  JOHN HOPE FRANKLIN This Saturday, September 25, 2010, I embark on a 2 month journey through West and North Africa and then Europe. The impetus of…