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On our way back from the area north of the Casamanca to the Gambia we took a dirt track and passed a lot of small villages. Along this road we saw a lot of fences around the compounds and the small agricultural fields, to keep the wild animals and cattle out or in.
As a landscape-architect, I'm always interested in fences all over the world. I admire these fences, made of wooden sticks with their irregular forms. They are very characterestic for this part of Africa.
Updated Jan 23, 2005
Tea drinking is a national sport over there, they will invite you to come along and drink with them.
In the beginning it’s interesting, but after a few weeks you’ll change your opinion.
Enough is enough. I drank tea enough for the rest of my life.
Updated Jun 26, 2004
There are lots and lots of beggars in Senegal, and perhaps the most bothersome part is that parents encourage their children to beg when they see a visitor.
It starts fairly innocently asking for a "cadeux", but can actually turn nasty.
As a nuisance it doesn't beat the touts and shopkeepers in Dakar, though...
Written Jun 4, 2004
In a muslim country, you must expect for their religious ceremonies to be carried out no matter what.
So, if you're taking a long trip in a «rent-a-taxi», you should be patient and allow your driver to make his prayers on his carpet facing Meca.
They will do it, despite being in the middle of the desert under 45'C or in the middle of city traffic...
Written Jul 23, 2003
i'm quite sure this isn't exactly a local custom since giraffes aren't commonly found outside of zoos in senegal, but what the hell is that kid doing to that giraffe!? by the way, if that wasn't scarey enough, this mural is on the side of a school in Dakar!
Written Mar 19, 2003
It's useful to bargain when buying all kind of presents ath the local shops or at markets. Once you bargained and obtained a good price you're supposed to purchase and pay the bargained price or you offend the vendor.
Written Feb 26, 2003
One of the nicest Senegalese music instruments must be the Cora or Kora.
It is used in the surrounding countries too, Mali, Gambia....
The English talking call it Kora, the French talking (like Senegalese) call it Cora.
I am writing this with a capital because out of respect of such a heavenly instrument!
You can call it the African harp.
Updated Jan 28, 2003
Children are always happy to see you. I was advised by my guides that in remote villages children appreciate sweets because they rarely get them.
Updated Sep 27, 2005
I had the pleasure of enjoying the Senegalese musicians from the tips above.
They played wonderful and the singer had a marvelous voice!
I want to have their CD !!!
Written Jan 26, 2003
Another fantastic instrument that I love very much is the djembé!
Even only a djembé at hand, it's rhythm can bring you in the right mood and spirit!
Written Jan 26, 2003
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