Take care from the sun and mosquitos!!!
Don't accept help from somebody, because they ask you money Comfortable shoes and clothes are required if you don't want to suffer due to the warm Mosquito Repellent is expensive, don't forget it!
Yellow vaccine is import and paludism treatment!
This is the dead sea of Senegal a true natural phenomenon. Due to the high salinity of the lake it shimmers pink with the African sky. Besides being a nice outing as a day trip to explore the Senegalese countryside one can also see the locals harvesting the salt from the lake. If you like to take a "dip" remember to bring a towel!
"Ile de Gorée & Dakar City"
The one place we managed to visit at the end of our business trip to Dakar was Ile de Gorée. It's very touristy but do try to take the boat out there. It's humbling to visit the Maison des Esclaves. For me it was the thought that the rich traders could have been living in their comfort and opulence whilst directly beneath them in the cells below were the poor captives waiting to be shipped off to God knows what. How could they have ignored the cries of the people below whilst they ate their meals and slept in their comfortable beds?
I can't say much about Dakar because I didn't really see much of it except to say the traffic was amazing and the buses, like in many African cities overcrowded and ruthless in trying to catch their customers. Their trademark is the fantastically painted blue and gold exteriors. You can buy handcrafted models of them made out of recycled scraps. The one I bought my son had aerosol tops for wheels! I just love the inventiveness and ingenuity of Africans.
The( rather poor quality) photo gives you a flavour of life in Dakar city.
Free My People
Senegal is poor. They still use Dacia's for taxis - no windows, no roof, but the engine works. Mini buses are everywhere.
Take a trip to Goree Island and see the 'door of no return' . The island is the most western point of the continent and the departure point for many slaves. The island is interesting for itself.
King Neptune Ball
"My Favorite Mermaid"
Ahh, Luzia, my favorite mermaid. Her fluke has morphed into feet for the ball and dancing will ensue.
"Tango till you're sore"
Daniel and Tamara give a demonstration of Argentine Tango.
"Drink like a fish"
What ball would be complete without a bit of the bubbly. Drink all you want, you don't have to drive.
"Girls just Want to have Fun"
Kaloz is a hit with the girls from the spa. This may have been after a few drinks, I can't remember. Kidding, I do remember and loved every minute of it.
"Ball Guests from Chile"
We had guests from all parts of the world, this Chilean couple were most fun. IT was quite the mixing of cultures. I don't know how many languages were spoken, but I heard quite a few
"Boys will be Boys"
If you put on your party dress, the boys will flirt. Kaloz was a big hit with these boys from the crew, mind your hands boys.
"Cruise Director Michelle"
I was lucky enough to meet the cruise director socially the first evening at Warren's birthday celebration. Warren was a table mate and guest lecturer.
Michelle has an uncanny knack with names, and even though the job is very demanding always had a smile.
"Ships Doctor Doctor Loeffler"
Ship's Doctor Loeffler was also at Warren's party and we became friends, with Kaloz teaching the doctor how to tie a bow tie for all those formal dinners aboard ship.