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TERANGA / TEDDUNGAL

Allyson, Participant

Yak of the Week

If you ask someone who lives in Senegal to choose one word to describe their home, they’ll most likely say “teranga” (in Wolof) or “teddungal” (in Pulaar) — a word that most closely translates to “hospitality.” The linguistic......Read More

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Car Rides

Lauren, Participant

The other day, the night before our departure to Kolda, our I-team sat us down to explain the day ahead. Their words were something like, “5 am wake up for a 10 hour drive” and my immediate response, as if I were some pre-programmed robot was,......Read More

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Opening up

Chris Peters, Dragons Admin

This feels like the start of real connection with my peers. I’m starting to develop a real fondness for them. I recognize all the different personalities and accept them all. I peeked my turtle head out of its shell as we swapped stories,......Read More

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The sweaty adventures of lil sweaty

Shannon, Participant

Hey yak board, it’s been awhile. I really should post more but laziness sticks with you wherever you go is what I’ve learned. Don’t worry loyal yak readers that may or may not have been concerned about my lack of posting, I’m......Read More

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Senegalese Cooking with Chef Compton

Charlie Compton, Participant

When I was with my home stay family in Thies, I was given select opportunities to be reluctantly shown how to cook traditional Senegalese dishes. Being a man in the kitchen isn’t the most common thing in Senegal, so the first time, my sister......Read More

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Blue Moon

Kyle, Participant

As I go through my journey in West Africa, I realized that the stars I would say take my breath away have changed. The stars are rare, so usually anything that makes me gasp in realization is not what’s in front of me. I would say it’s......Read More

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Senegalese Baby Log

Akiva Axelrad-Hausman, Participant

Author: Akiva Axelrad-Hausman Title: Senegalese Baby Log One baby 2 baby three baby 4, I’ve seen sooo many babies here, But I’d love to see some more, Number one was the neighbor’s baby on the police officer’s back, Boy oh......Read More

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The great bread adventure

Phoebe, Fran and Allyson, Participant

Yak of the Week

Its 6:45 am in Dindefelo. The hazy clouds have come down from the mountains and the town feels serene, but there’s anticipation building for the day ahead. We stumbled out of the hotel feeling worn out and slightly frustrated about the early......Read More

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Itinerary change: Nov 5 Rural Homestay

i-team, Participant

We have been in the Kedougou region for the past few days focusing on health before traveling onwards. We used that time to visit our favorite waterfall in Dindefelo, learn about shea butter in Thiabakare, and find a link between local yogurt......Read More

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Back from Trek!

Elke, Cam, and Samba, Instructor

Dear Adoring Fans, We have just returned to Kedougou after trekking to Bedick villages and waterfalls while making our way through Bandafassi, Ibel, Dindifelo and Dande. Now we are heading off on our next trekking excursion through Guinea!......Read More

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Itinerary Update and Interactive Google Map

I-team, Participant

Salaam Alekum, sunuy xarit and mbokk, Peace be with you, our friends and family,   This week is many things at once. A time to say goodbye, exchange email addresses, take family photos, and soak up time with our homestay families in Thies after......Read More

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Group Update about trip to Dene

Charlie, Participant

Dear Loyal Readers, Our Senegalese adventure has been very enjoyable and relatively smooth for the past week. There has been some sickness, aggressive sunburns, and strong fatigue, however this is nothing we can’t handle. This week the group......Read More

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Smells of Senegal

Phoebe, Lauren, Fran, and Allyson, Participant

1) Cafe Touba Phoebe: Tangy Lauren: Layered Fran: Roasted Allyson: Sharp 2) Attaya Phoebe: Minty Lauren: Bitter Fran: Brewed Allyson: Christmas-y 3) Market Streets Phoebe: Vaguely like bread Lauren: Stifling Fran: Warm and wet Allyson: Dense 4)......Read More