Just got back from a few days away at Petit Cote just south from Dakar for some well earned beach time with two other volunteers, Helena and Judi. We travelled down by sept place taxi, basically a Peugeot with 7 seats, to a tiny coastal town where we checked into our slightly disappointing accomodation, lets just say the website was deceptive lol. Had a walk and something to eat before heading off to bed. Tried to plug in the telly however and fumes began to seep from the socket until there was a couple of small explosions and the socket caught alight! We ran downstairs shouting feu feu only to be laughed at by the locals who just removed the television saying ce n`est pas un probleme but we were pretty shaken up.
Next day we sunned ourselves on the private beach of a much nicer hotel with cold drinks at the bar, a good book and a really pretty room, one that didn`t set alight! Came home to Dakar yesterday as we couldn`t find a room that was available despite dragging our rucksacks in the scorching heat about 2 miles to a lovely little hotel only to be told there was no space....damn package holdiay makers!
Back to my work placement tomorrow, at the moment I am helping with the very young children teaching them some very basic french and a little bit of painting. The children are absolutely lovely, they shake my hand when they arrive and one little girl even saw me struggling to find a bin for my orange peel and came up with outstretched hands to take it for me...a little more respect than teachers are given at home. In the evenings I help out with teaching English to the slightly older students but with so few resources it becomes very difficult to make things interesting for them and teaching here consists of little more than learning things parrot fashion.
Anyways planning a trip to Gambia with Helena and some other volunteers the week after next...should be interesting!
Hope you are all good