July 15, 2015

Ten Facts About Senegal Continued (6 facts in this post)

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In the beginning of my spring semester in Senegal, I opened up my blog with a entry called “10 facts about Senegal,” but I actually only wrote four of them. I planned to write the six other ones along the semester, which I will be doing in this entry. Now that I am thinking about […]

March 12, 2015

Weekend in Dakar

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I started my weekend well. I was at one of the social centers we work with and learning embroidering, which I was pretty horrible at. One of the girls in the center whose name is Oumou taught me… I was doing it right apparently, but not really since I made it too tight.     […]

March 4, 2015

Saint-Louis: Spring Break

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After our adventure/misadventure in the Gambian boarder, A friend of mine and I thought we could get some real rest inside of Senegal for spring break. We decided to go to the north of Senegal for the rest of the week in Saint-Louis. We left on Wednesday.   Here we are at this calm, beautiful and […]

February 25, 2015

Just Wanna Dance the Night Away: Moroccan Nights

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All work and no play makes Rob a dull boy. After a productive, but long, week of classes, meetings, and applications, I have to unwind a little. Usually I’ll just hang out with my friends on campus, but two Fridays ago (February 13th), I decided to class it up a bit and go to the […]

February 20, 2015

Culture d’Enfance (Internship) and Toubab Dialaw

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Asalam Alekuem everyone! I started my internship two weeks ago and it has been a blessing to work for a non-profit organization called Culture d’Enfance. It was started by a few great women and men who felt the need for the children of Senegal to have access to hobbies and cultural experiences. The main purpose […]

A person walks on a street in Goree, Senegal

February 3, 2015

Re-Learning to be “mahalala fomba” (respectful in Malagasy) in Senegal

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It is common sense to think that greetings are important in most cultures. I thought I knew that, but I never felt this impolite in my (short) life until I got here in Senegal. I never realized that I actually don’t greet people enough. For example, last week my mother reminded me to say hello to two different people  and three times in […]

The Senegalese dish Cembu Jen

January 30, 2015

10 Facts about Senegal (Only 4 for this entry)

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Welcome to my blog where I share my experience in Senegal, “La Teranga” or the land of hospitality. I am going to share ten major characteristics of Senegalese life and culture during the semester but for my first post I am only going to share four of them. 1- Islam Senegal has been very much […]

December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving Break

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Thanksgiving break was a very pleasant time. It was the perfect break I needed right before the finals. In addition to that, it is also my favorite holiday because people get together, cook delicious food and catch up with family and friends. Last year I celebrated Thanksgiving for the first time in NYC with my […]

October 22, 2013

Eid-al Adha celebration at Lafayette

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As I put my hands on my keyboard to start writing this blog, I found myself smiling about this week’s events. It was a busy but fantastic week, largely due to the Eid dinner event that I helped organize on Friday. As the president of the Muslim Student Association (MSA), I hosted the event, which […]

Lafayette College

October 13, 2013

Pumpkin Festival on Fall Break

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After a long week of midterm exams and saying goodbyes to my friends leaving home for fall break, I finally had some time to unwind a little and enjoy the beautiful fall colors. While I typically love travelling to other places during breaks, the idea of staying on campus like so many other friends and […]