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This weekend the DIAS group went to a bunch of new places on our final exploration of Senegal. First we stopped at Lac Rose, the pink lake. Although the water isn’t as pink now since people are taking the salt out, you could definitely see some pink undertones! From there we went to Joal where everybody was split up into houses. After some relaxation and pool time the DIAS crew went to Shell Island, where we were able to see one of the only cemeteries on the continent where both Muslims and Christians are buried together.
The next day the group packed up and went to visit President Senghor’s childhood home. After a brief tour of the house we had a nice lunch in the mangroves by pirogue. Shrimp, rice, fish, mangoes, everything you could ever want! Some people swam, others followed the crabs in the water, and everybody had a great time relaxing and listening to the waves.
More of our Senegalese peers came on this trip which provided a lot of time for everyone to get to know each other even better. Between shared dinners, charades and games after eating, and the bus rides which sparked a lot of interesting conversation and debate, the groups have melted together and formed friendships that I’m sure will last a lifetime.