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Sunday, September 20, 1998
Dakar, Senegal
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Dakar, Senegal:
Latitude: 14° 40' 20" North
Longitude: 17° 25' 55" West
Altitude: 70 feet
From Seattle: 6675 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hôtel Provençal

Today's Travel:
Country: Senegal
Region: Cap Vert
Weather: Sunny

Available Photos:

Minaret - Grande Mosque Dakar, Senegal

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 528
Linear Dist: 81252
Countries Visited: 36
Regions Visited: 150
More stats...
Hotels: 135
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 42
Hostels: 141
Transit: 49
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 1939

Journal Entry:
Another night with little sleep. I watched the sun rise before finally falling asleep. When I did wake up I couldn't motivate myself to go out. I just didn't want to deal with the onslaught. I'd like to go a day without seeing any polio victims, lepers, or children sleeping on the street. I'd like to go a day without someone trying to drag me into their shop. I'd like to go a day without sweating. I'm wearing down, I need to get some sleep, and I need to get some moral support. I'd love to talk to another traveler, or just a native English speaker would be nice.

Early afternoon I finally made it out of my room. It was actually relatively pleasant, the sun shinning and the sky a deep blue. It was hot, but there was a nice steady breeze to help cool. Even better was the quiet. There were hardly any cars around and kids were playing football in the down town streets. There were few hassles with most of the stores closed. If you want to walk around Dakar in relative peace and don't care about shopping, Sunday is the day.

I walked out to the Grand Mosque. It's similar style to the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca, but not nearly so big. The minaret is pretty, with its zanji (?) tiles and deep green color. Surprisingly the Mosque looks pretty run down, almost as if it's not used anymore. No idea what's up with that. Also walked around the Medina, the area around the mosque. It's not like a medina in Morocco. It's neither old nor walled, but it does have a very different feeling than down town. Mostly it's more real, poorer, but more effective. I mean it looks like people are surviving and living, not hustling or begging. In contrast to yesterday morning or afternoon I was pretty much completely ignored, and at times felt as though I were invisible - actually kind of a nice feeling right now.

Other tan walking all I did today was sit in restaurants and cafes and read. Didn't accomplish much, but I need the relaxation. I think it's about time to find a beach again...

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Dakar
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Senegal
CIA World Fact Book: Senegal

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