Listen! Whatever you've heard or seen so far, doesn't do Senegal or the people justice, and definitely lacks compared to actually going to Senegal. We touched down in Senegal, where I was greeted by 35C and 80% humidity.
After eating a breakfast of bread, butter, and cocoa, it was off to Dakar.
We headed to downtown Dakar, via taxi. Our goals were simple: I wanted to see some touristy sights such as the market and the island (Goreé) off the coast with the slave museum. This first day, I wasn't much of a photographer. I must admit that the camera didn't even bother to come out of the bag until Goreé. So many things to experience, to see, to smell, it just didn't seem right to bother with photography. Plus, the Senegalese are not too hip on having their photo taken by random tourists.
We stayed at Saly-Portugal, a fabulous resort town about an hour away from Dakar. Near Mbour, on the Petite Côte, to be precise. The Petite Côte is a region south of Dakar, on the coast of Senegal (hence Côte, meaning coast in French). Not only does Senegal have amazing beaches, but the water is fairly warm and the people are even more friendly and open than in Dakar.