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International Mobiliy in Senegal - logbook # 1

Hello everybody !
Here we arrived safely into the unknown , we can indeed say it's hot! A light breeze from the ocean is still refreshing.
After a short journey by plane , we are very heavily used by many porters or service sellers of all kinds ! We realize when we Dakar hosts .
Thank you Fara ( friend Gnima ) us have received on our arrival , we feel less alone and quite safe .
Here toubabs (we , white ) are not part of this district , which generates strong curiosities : everyone wants to help us , sell us something , we arrested every 2 meters and a half since our departure we had to marry remotely with our respective friends to be able to get out of many situations ...
It is sometimes difficult to communicate, we do not speak Wolof here is the regional language. Some people understand French but when this is not the case an attempt by the " non-verbal " to be understood .
Let children make us big eyes , or they cross the road to greet us shaking our hands (" Hello toubab "). We experimented with road crossings and we're out alive !
The first release of our foster home :
Brief We tried to take the bus!
It's not that simple , do not laugh . Here, no crosswalks , no bus , no bus numbers , unlimited places on the bus ( as it happens is good!) . First we must differentiate taxis : black and yellow the most expensive, colored black and collective taxis to natural cooling (without window panes ) and without belts, and yellow and blue bus alamdoulila . It does not stop , we have to run after him , up and down on. You never know where it goes or where it comes from , but magically it always arrives at its destination . The saying "all roads lead to Rome" takes on its full meaning to Dakar. We would like to congratulate for having managed to move to buy a SIM card ( and connect to the net in a cyber cafe hidden) and visit the LARGE and endless market in our neighborhood .
The evening arrived, the women of the house begin to prepare the meal , here we all eat together sharing the same dish , " the African ." We are careful not to make too many blunders in relation to their customs and at the same time we appropriate sharing moments with them (eg we do not eat with your left hand , we eat sitting on the ground and not REFUSE not eating not disrespect ) ;
Hello acculturation !
Of the second night , we were able to participate in everyday life by cutting vegetables , a sign that we are parts of the house .
Tomorrow is a big day, we should take the bus! We kidding !
The course starts at the center Aminata , we are impatient and apprehend a bit like whenever we throw ourselves into the unknown. This mixture of excitement and apprehension between feeling allows us to move forward and we are positive about the course of the internship.
Proverb of the Day:
When mobility turns to adventure !
Emeline and Aurelie
ES 14