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St. Louis, which the students have so far dubbed their “favorite part of the trip” was a huge success for the Dakar Institute of African Studies. In just two and a half short days the professors and students managed to see a famous textile business, go on a horse drawn carriage ride through the city, swim in the ocean, watch the famous Senegalese boats in the water, watch a drum and fire performance, get their futures told and so much more. St. Louis is the old capital of Senegal, it’s most famous attraction being the part of the city that is situated on an island connected to the land by a couple bridges. On this island you can see iconic French architecture, old slave houses, restaurants, shops, and if you’re looking in the right place, where the border between Senegal and Mauritania starts.
St. Louis is the birthplace of some of our professors, bosses at internships, and friends. Everybody learned something new on this trip, which was then talked about in a short discussion the Monday after. DIAS has provided many learning opportunities during these outings, and there are still more to come!
It was in St. Louisthat the students and professors deepened their bond and became a community and a study abroad family. Meals were shared, stories were told, discussions had and lessons learned from and with one another. We have roughly seven or more countries represented between us all, which has enabled a lot of learning and sharing of cultures in this short amount of time.