Senegal


Another unexpected work trip cropped up. We were all due to head off to Washington in February for a training course, but then had to change all our plans, as despite all of us having valid business visas for the US, our wide range of global staff from a diverse range of countries combined with the current political climate meant a last-minute change of venue…

Luckily we have a regional office in Dakar who were very accommodating and willing to help us organise everything at the last minute, so we all went to Dakar instead.

It was a lot chillier than I imagined (warm in the day, but chilly at night) and sadly we were mostly in a conference room all day every day, so barely any time to go anywhere or do anything, but I took some nice pictures anyway…

Here’s the rather gorgeous sunset from the plane…

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And the view from my hotel (we stayed at La Madrague Hotel, on Ngor Beach, which was fab!)

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Me an my colleague on our first evening there

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Beach vs Wall – tantalisingly close, and yet we were mostly on the wrong side of the wall…

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Beach vs Wall part 2…

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What we were actually doing all day instead of being on the beach…

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Me vs Flipcharts, the final showdown…

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We did however manage the occasional nice meal out here and there of an evening…

The world’s most delicious cerviche at Bayekou, the lovely rooftop bar…

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Another nice restaurant near the point…

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A very bright moonrise…

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Halfway through day 6 and everyone deserved a quick 5 mins rest after lunch!

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After a LONG 6-day week we had a day off, so I did manage a couple of hours on the beach
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This ADORABLE tiny chicken with furry legs was following these duck around on the beach – it was SO CUTE!

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The French do everything so well – including the demi-bouteille – the perfect amount of wine for one!

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Man washing his horse on the beach in the morning, as you do.

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Valentines’ Day on the rooftop – wine, cerviche and spreadsheets, until my lovely friend D showed up and we were able to catch up before he went to the airport – a delightful surprise!

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Bissap (Hibiscus) Martini – tasted pretty much like Haribo…

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Stunning colours in the sunshine…

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