If there is such a thing as a “normal day” for Senegal SST, I guess this would have been it. At least a normal schedule: the morning starts with Wolof class, then the two French classes meet. A looooooong break for lunch and a rest, then gathering again for a lecture or field trip in the late afternoon. Yasine, our Wolof teacher, and Angeline, our second French teacher, started today so we had our full complement of teachers. In the afternoon we visited the Regional Museum in Thiès.
Students also seem to be settling into the routines of their host homes as well as finding their way back and forth to school, and grabbing taxies or busses to get around town.
Of course a whole day of “normal” is about enough, so tomorrow is definitely NOT normal. Our bus will leave for Dakar at 6am tomorrow morning to do battle with the rush hour traffic. This will be a two-day (overnight) field trip to Dakar that will include a lecture from an archeologist of Gorée Island at the university, a walking tour of Dakar including a some museums and memorials, figure out where Festigraff is happening and take in some of those activities, and stay overnight at the Lutheran Guesthouse. Thursday morning is a ferry ride to Gorée and a tour there before headed home again to Thiès on Thursday afternoon.