Following the accident last weekend, I'm resting from riding to repair my motorcycle but also allow minor injuries to heal. I found a camping spot at a boat club on the coast of Dakar where I met several other travellers and we've had a blast!
Being on the coast is awesome and picturesque; however, there is a recurring theme whilst travelling the coast of West Africa, and that is the pollution from litter. There is so much!
First night, we ate BBQ fish and drank beers with the locals. The different nationalities and backgrounds made this an awesome night! I met Sally and Tanya from Kindness of Strangers blog who are hitch hiking around the world. They have a simple rule where by the don't pay for transport and rely on the kindness of strangers when hitch hiking.
I met a group of Swedish on two boats sailing around the world. These guys have Instagram pages for Josefin and their boat Utopia. One night, they invited a bunch of us on to their boat for a fantastic evening of BBQ fish, tasty cabbage salad, music, beer, and whisky. Some of them gave an impressive rendition of a traditional Swedish song. We travelled on a small powered boat to the anchored boat. This is a photo on the way out there, but I don't remember getting back on land after all that partying!
Whilst my motorcycle was being welded, I met Johnny who was arriving at the boat club. He rides a very tasty Suzuki DRZ400 motorcycle prepared for long overland trips. He's riding from Ireland to Cape Town with a view to go further. Top man.
One evening, we headed towards Les Mamelles Lighthouse, and stumbled upon some small bars perched on the rocks. The waves were pretty strong below us and we could hear the crashing rocks whilst sipping chilled lagers. Several locals were enjoying fragrant cigarettes.
Food has been very tasty here! Typical breakfast is white baguette with different fillings, such as chocolate spread (very common!), slow cooked beef with raw onion and mustard, and beans with chilli sauce on top. Thieboudienne or chebu jen is a traditional Senegalese dish with fish, vegetables, and rice for 500 CFA. The food preparation is done by hand, so quite different to back home, but I loved this dish! We shared a large bowl between four, but also bought individual bowls at other times. Unsure on what fish it was.
Senegalese people are very kind. We got chatting to lots of people. One gentlemen in particular gave me a grapefruit, which I ate on the beach whilst watching the world go by.
A passavant is issued for temporary import of vehicles into Senegal. It allows a few days, so I extended this in downtown Dakar to stay for longer. I caught the bus down there. This was basically an old van with seats and very colourful paintwork. The green paint left on my clothes and motorcycle could suggest the accident involved one of these, but I just don't remember.
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