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Photo by Elke Schmidt, Senegal Bridge Year Program.

Salaamalekum from our host families in Thies

It is hard to imagine that we are now on day three of our journey in Senegal.  Yesterday for dinner, we met our host families from Thies and spent the evening sharing our stories, learning each other’s names and trying new foods.  Many of us have children in our families and they are the best resource of information. My family members all speak French (minus the three year old) and I therefore am lucky enough to be able to communicate fairly easily.  I love asking the children in my family (who are 9, 11 and 13) all kinds of questions about their life in Senegal, their food and school.   We met up as a group at 11am to debrief and check in with each other and to hear about our various homestay experiences and will now head back to our families for afternoon lunch and remaining family activities on this beautiful Sunday. We will meet up again at 10am tomorrow and head to Djiffer tomorrow, which is four hours away.  Every day is a new experience here in Senegal.