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Into Dakar: The logistics of a journey into Senegal

Into Dakar: The logistics of a journey into Senegal Jul 17th, 2009 at 9:30AM: It's surprising to many that Dakar is actually closer to the United States than many points in Europe. As the crow flies, it's under 4000 miles from New York City to the westernmost point on the continent, a 7.5 hour flight from the bustling streets of Queens. Given the proximity, it's not too difficult to manage a trip as short as a weekend or use DKR as a waypoint for further travel into Africa....

Into Dakar: The Typical Tourist Trifecta

Into Dakar: The Typical Tourist Trifecta Jul 16th, 2009 at 12:30PM: It's already been said that one doesn't go to Dakar for the proper tourist attractions. Pick up a Lonely Planet guide to the entire country of Senegal and you'll find a book about the size of the Kalamazoos. The draw to Senegal is not in its proper monuments or attractions, but rather in its people, history and culture. That said, there are a few interesting sites to see if you're looking for a...

Into Dakar: An introduction to cultural interaction

Into Dakar: An introduction to cultural interaction Jul 15th, 2009 at 11:00AM: As a travel writer, it's almost cliché to say that a particular culture has the "most friendly, welcoming people in the world." In truth, it's easy to be see altruism and warmth when in that culture-hungry state of mind – even if it's not at the surface, the brain interprets what it wants to find. Alternatively, consider the Senegalese in this way: they take greetings and pleasentries...

Into Dakar: Inside the tourist's frame mind

Into Dakar: Inside the tourist's frame mind Jul 14th, 2009 at 10:30AM: No, there are no ancient pyramids, sprawling vineyards or safari tours in Dakar. Five star resorts neither encircle the peninsula nor do tourists flock into the city to take part in the haute gastronomic culture. So why does a tourist head to Dakar? It's true that the capital of Senegal isn't the cosmopolitan darling of Africa. The busy metropolis of over one million people is a growing creature,...

Into Dakar: Flirting with the dark continent

Into Dakar: Flirting with the dark continent Jul 13th, 2009 at 9:00AM: Your first taste of Dakar begins long before you cross the Atlantic Ocean, or even get onto the 757 bound for West Africa. It all starts at JFK, where the direct flight on Delta takes you from the bustling neighborhoods of Queens onto the western most tip of Africa. Without much of a tourist industry in Senegal, most people on these flights are here for other reasons -- visiting family back at...

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