This will probably be my last posting before I take a week off and go to the southern region of Senegal called Casamance for a mini vacation. It has touristy spots (even a Club Med) but where I will be going is a small fishing village on the Atlantic called Abene. One of the son's of the family I am staying with works at a compound there, owned by a Dutch woman. It is suppose to be very basic - small clean huts not far from the beach and NO ELECTRICITY..... I am told the food is very good (mostly daily caught fish that one buys on the beach as the fishermen come back at the end of the day), the sea and the beach very beautiful, nature plentiful with some amazing species of birds and nothing much to do except just sit and watch the day go by. Can't wait.....
Then I will come back and have 3 more weeks of Kiva work. This time however, I will not be in an office but will be visiting borrowers in different parts of the country. I saved the best part of the job for last :-))) I am really excited about the prospect of meeting actual borrowers and seeing more of the country.
In the meantime, here is another photo essay from the last couple of weeks.
|At the entrance of the "Art Village"|
|I am not kidding - this is a car wash...|
|When I first saw this statue, I thought the yellow one was a bear and I thought how appropriate given the state of our economy :-))) When I got closer, I realized it is suppose to be a lion - I think so anyway....|
|In front of the butcher shop|
|It's more of a butcher stand, actually..... The meat sits exposed to the elements on a counter right on the street|
|Another view of the car wash|
|Istanbul Furniture Store - have become fast friends with the owner, Mustafa, who is from Izmir. He imports IKEA like furniture from Turkey and assembles it here. Have toget a picture of him too at some point.|
|I just fell in love with him. The hat was just too much..... especially considering it is 80 degrees outside.|
|Yacine, her nieces and their friends with Santa. Every child got a gift. It was very nicely done.|
|The security guard in front of the Yoff branch with one of the neighborhood kids|
|Kids in the neighborhood They love having their pictures taken and then look at it in the camers|
|The teller's office where a Kiva borrower is making a payment|
|The IMCEC-YOFF branch & our security|
|The view from the upstairs office where I work. The street ends at the beach on the Atlantic|
|New clients headed our way....|
|With Yacine, finally smiling....|
|This view reminded me of Istanbul. This is the N'Gor beach and the tiny island right across is the N'Gor island. It's a 5 minute boat ride away.|
|Les piroques de Senegal - the fishing boats|