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  • Day2

    Unterwegs in Saly

    January 26 in Senegal ⋅ ☀️ 35 °C

    So meine Lieben,
    ich hatte ja versprochen ein paar Dinge zu testen (und das hier hat außerdem dem Vorteilen, dass ich euch das nicht einzeln schicken muss). Bitte gebt mir am Ende mal Rückmeldung, wie ihr es fandet :)

    Aber jetzt erstmal zu meinem Tag. Nachdem es gestern schon dunkel und etwas kühl war, konnten wir heute alles bei Tageslicht erkunden. Unser Hotel ist direkt am Strand, hier in dieser Anlage ist es wohl besonders sicher. Das Hotelessen schmeckt mir leider nicht besonders, mal schauen ob sich das noch steigert. Nach dem Frühstück bin ich mit Kelsey (meiner Zimmergenossin) ein bisschen am Strand spazieren gegangen. Hier liegen überall diese schönen bunten Boote rum und direkt vor unserm Hotel lebt eine kleine Pelikan-Kolonie.

    Mittags sind wir dann ein bisschen in Saly unterwegs gewesen und haben Mittag wir in einem kleinen Restaurant an der Strasse Yassa gegessen. War etwas abenteuerlich, da einige Vegetarier sind und keiner von uns gut Französisch spricht 🍽😅 Das Essen war aber viel viel lecker als in unserem Hotel.
    Die meisten hatten danach genug von der Hitze, aber Peter, Kelsey und ich sind weiter ins Musée Khelcom (ein Museum für afrikanische moderne Kunst). Außer uns war keiner da, die Touris hier sind alle 50+ und verschanzen sich den ganzen Tag in den Hotelanlagen. Wir haben dann eine Privatführung bekommen, wobei auch da die Verständigung nicht ganz einfach war. Danach sind wir noch ein bisschen durch die Straßen geschlendert und liegen jetzt alle erschöpft am Strand 🌴🌊
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  • Day5

    Exploring the beach

    March 24, 2019 in Senegal ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Embarked on a long stroll down the beach. Was called by a restaurant owner to view some fresh fish, tried to lure me to his restaurant but didn't succeed.

    Later in the evening there was a dancing show in the resort

  • Day5

    Beach Resort

    March 24, 2019 in Senegal ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Checked out of Olomo at 11:45am, had to pay CFA 9,000 for the meal I had on the first day. Stepped out and signaled towards the taxi parked outside asking him if he was Saliu the Taxi driver I had negotiated with 2 days back to take me to Saly. He answered qui. I had doubt but wasn't too sure. He quickly put my bags in the car and we started driving out of the hotel when another taxi entered flagged us down and I immediately recognised the Saliu I had spoken to. I confronted the taxi driver who now confessed he was Ahmed and not Saliu, apparently he wanted to steal his colleagues passenger since they both operate from the hotel. I was upset with him came down of the taxi and transfered to the original one.

    We left the hotel at 12 noon. The road to Saly is a 3 lane perfectly tarred express road with several toll gates. Got to Saly about 1hr later. Had to use my google maps to navigate to the hotel. Got to the gate of Les Filaos hotel, security man asked which hotel told him Le Saly and he pointed us to the adjacent gate 20 metres away.

    Apparently both hotels are sisde by side with no dividing internal fence. Paid the taxi driver CFA 20,000 and he asked if he can come pick me back onSaturday to Dakar which I accepted. On getting to the reception I was given a guest card to fill and the green wrist band before the receptionist checked the system and discovered I was booked at Les Filaos.

    A porter was assigned to take my bags to Les Filaos across, where my green wrist band was exchanged for an Orange one indicating I was on full board with meals. Checked into my room, AC wasn't coming in, a technician was called who flipped the fuse by the door to activate the AC. Had lunch if white rice, steak, fish and curry sauce.
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  • Day7

    Lazy morning on the beach

    March 26, 2019 in Senegal ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    Watched some tourist on a Jet Ski & Sail Boat go down the beach. Also saw a 2 seater open helicopter, probably flying tourist around. I wonder how safe it is. Beach wasn't too busy today. Weather a lot warmer than yesterday. Currently contemplating going down to a beach restaurant somewhere for a Senegalese lunch as the hotel food is becoming very boring and monotonous rice, spaghetti or mashed potatoes yuckRead more

  • Day7

    Safari Beach Saly

    March 26, 2019 in Senegal ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    In a bid to eat something different I consulted google for a restaurant located on a beach and viola Safari Beach Saly came up. 20mins walk from the hotel, perfect. Dunning my face cap and sneakers I stepped out into the hot sun, navigating with Google Maps.

    First impression: lovely location. Was given a menu in French with no English translation after flicking through I called a waiter and told him I wanted to eat Senegalese food. He suggested Poulet Yassa (CAF 6,000) ...rice with chicken in onion sauce...sounds edible so I placed order along with flag beer.

    The meal looked nice, made from small grain gummy rice and the onion sauce had a light cream color, taste was good as well.

    Left the beach at 6:30pm, stopped over at Casino supermarket, basically everything sold was imported from France.
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  • Day8

    Diamond Bank, Saly

    March 27, 2019 in Senegal ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Visited Diamond Bank Saly a few minutes walk from the Resort to change some Dollars. Ok it is no longer Diamond Bank as the bank has sold it's foreign operations world wide, but bank posters in the banking hall still have the Diamond bank logo. The bank is now called NSIA Banque. The USD conversion rate was too good and I was upset I had been cheated by all others until I got a call from the bank a few minutes after leaving to come back. Alas the clark had made a mistake and used Euro rates instead.Read more

  • Day9

    Quiet time on the beach

    March 28, 2019 in Senegal ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Walked round the two hotels snapping some memorable pics before settling down on the beach listening to fine Nigerian vibes and reading a book "Data Analytics Basics for Managers".

    Unlike other beach resorts I have visited the strong fish water (aquarium smell) smell is not evident on the beach here.

    By the way I woke up this morning to see a big reptile on my room table trying to eat my left over cake from last night, still in nylon wrapping. On closer observation I discovered it was a big wall gecko, with all the stories of poisonous wall gecko saliva circulating the internet recently, I trashed the remaining cake even though I couldn't see any hole in it's wrapping. Better safe than sorry abi?

    The hotel security posted to the beach and seated not far from where I am chilling out came over to ask me something in French, told him I don't understand French so he pointed at my speaker connected to my phone blaring the finest of Nigerian music. I thought he wanted me to lower the volume so I proceeded to do so but he said non, and used sign language and alas it clicked, he wanted to know the source, told him Nigeria, he nodded his head, smiled and said something which I interpreted to mean good music. Up Naija.....reping away.
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  • Day9

    Strolling out

    March 28, 2019 in Senegal ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Strolled down Route de Sally which is the road right in front of La Saly Hotel. Got close to the wrlcome to Saly sign. Saly was set us as a tourist area in the early 80s and hotels encouraged to set up resorts along the water front, making it the no 1 tourist destination in Senegal, full of European tourist mainly from France.

    Stopped over in two supermarkets to check the volume of made in Senegal products. Dissapointingly very few, most products on the shelves were made in France. The french assimilation process in their colonies has made them dependent on france as they have practically abandoned their culture and adopted the french way of life. I however found bags of the famous gummy rice grown in Senegal. I also saw yam and plantain in the shop. I wonder if they eat them the way we do. Will enquire next Senegalese restaurant I visit.
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  • Day9

    Dinner at Le Petit Zing

    March 28, 2019 in Senegal ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Decided to eat out tonight at a joint which advertised meals for CAF 4,000. A 419 strategy to draw in customers. On entering you are presented with a menu with meals above the advertised price and when you enquire for the 4k meal you are shown an unappetizing meal.

    I discovered a very useful feature of Google Translate, by clicking on the camera icon and pointing the camera at the text you want translated, it automatically does character recognision and translates the text for you. Cool eh. If only whatsapp could take a cue, convert text typed in one language upon pressing send into another language and do the reverse for received post.Read more

  • Day10

    Bank of Africa & Utile supermarket

    March 29, 2019 in Senegal ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Got the best exchange rate today 570 at Bank of Africa, Saly. The bank teller was excited to meet a Nigerian, says Nigeria is big and developed and would love to visit Nigeria someday. We exchanged numbers and agreed to meet later at night for drinks.

    Visited Utile supermarket to buy chocolates for the office folks, couldn't find any made in Senegal so had to settle for those imported from France. Wande Coals "My Woman" was playing in the supermarket

    Passed by a construction site and saw an ingenious simple pulley system for sending bucket of cement up to the next floor, our guys back home are still carrying headpans and walking up make shift stairs at construction sites.
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