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Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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Sama Baay (My Dad)

Sophie Slutzky, Participant

Yak of the Week

My father here is blind. He wasn’t always, but—I don’t know how long ago—glaucomas took his sight away. In a society that so completely revolves around human interaction and community, I can only imagine how isolating blindness can be. One......Read More

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Photos from Winter Excursion

Jenny Wagner, Instructor

Dear Friends and Family, Please enjoy some photos from the BYSenegal’s winter excursion. The group successfully completed their trek from Bandafassi to Dindefelo. They now are in Kolda where students will have the opportunity to do a rural......Read More

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To My Senegalese Husbands

Nicole Williams, Participant

Living in Dakar has been a beautiful experience. I have met so many amazing people who I look forward to getting to know more in the coming months. However, as in any place in the world, sometimes I have to interact with people who want more than a......Read More

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Looking Forward

Nicole Williams, Participant

We have gotten into a routine here, we have found points of familiarity with the people and places in our community, and yet we still have so much more to experience and even more room to grow....Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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How to Get Lost in Dakar: An Expert’s...

Sophie Slutzky, Participant

Leave your home at 07:45 in the morning to walk to the bus stop, making sure to leave plenty of time for accidental travel mishaps. Reach the bus stop between 08:15 and 08:40, depending on whether you are: a. Buying breakfast on the way b. Buying......Read More

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Whiter In 7 Days

Nicole Williams, Participant

The first time I word hear the term colorism would be as a high school sophomore in a college dorm with my Nigerian roommate, as we sat and discussed the burden of race. I remember tears streaming down both of our faces as we lamented about the......Read More

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The Rooftop

Nicole Williams, Participant

Yak of the Week

There is no doubt that in just this first month of life here, I have grown insurmountably. All of the new exposure to perspectives, orthodoxy, and general way of life inevitably lead me to reflect upon my own beliefs. However, the constant day to......Read More

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Yoff’s October Song

Jenny Wagner, Participant

Every morning at 7h00 the clip-clop, clip-clop of horse hooves on pavement floats up to my open second story window. The charette drivers of Yoff are making their rounds and I have memorized what the noises mean. The vegetable cart. The fish cart.......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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Mornings in Ndioukhane

Fernanda Romo, Participant

I’m not a morning person. Mornings are usually times when I have to muster all of my strength and put it to the seemingly impossible tasks of getting up, forcing my brain to start functioning like that of a reasonable human being, and making......Read More

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The Night Aminata Took My Purse

Zandra Campbell, Participant

One night every weekend, my sisters Mimi and Diebalay go for a walk, usually accompanied by Diebalay’s one-year-old daughter, Aminata, along la rue de l’aeroport, one the main roads in Dakar. Our walks tend to look something like this:......Read More

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When I Get Home…

Nicole Williams, Participant

After a tiring evening of Wolof class, I am ready to relax, but before I even open the front door, I hear the calls of my name, “Fatou, Fatou” from the roof. I knew at that moment that my aspiration of rest would have to wait until much later in......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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On My Renaming

Fama Sarr, Participant

Yak of the Week

My name is Fama Sarr. We were all given Senegalese names by our homestay families, and that is mine. I became Fama after unpacking the gigantic fifty-pound backpack that was my only constant sense of home during our four weeks of travel. I became......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Senegal

Princeton Bridge Year Senegal 2017-18

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Finding a Rhythm

Felipe Mendoza, Participant

I am writing this Yak sitting at the program house, drinking some cold water out of the fridge as it is about 33 degrees Celsius outside. I am used to the Celsius scale and I am glad that they also use it here in Senegal. I thought it was about time......Read More