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<p>I spent the spring semester of my junior year of college in Senegal. I stayed with a Senegalese host family and went to school at the University of Dakar and the Baobab Center, an international school run by both Americans and Senegalese. I studied History, Sociology, French, and Wolof, the most common language spoken in Dakar.</p>
<p>The baby in the first two pictures is Momo (short for Mohammed), the son of one of my host brothers&rsquo; sisters (neither of whom lived with us). On the left is Chifa, my host brother, and in the middle is Seyni, his sister and Momo&rsquo;s aunt. On the right is Mama, who lived with us for a while, and baby Awa, who cried non-stop when she saw me; I was the first tubaab she&rsquo;d ever seen. Mama was so shy that the maids called her &ldquo;Muma&rdquo; (mute) for short.</p>
<p class="gallery"><a href="/pictures/senegal/chifa_mom.jpg"><img class="vert" alt="[1]" title="" src="/pictures/senegal/chifa_mom_sm.jpg"/></a> <a href="/pictures/senegal/seyni_momo.jpg"><img class="vert" alt="[2]" title="" src="/pictures/senegal/seyni_momo_sm.jpg"/></a> <a href="/pictures/senegal/mama_awa.jpg"><img class="vert" alt="[3]" title="" src="/pictures/senegal/mama_awa_sm.jpg"/></a> </p>
<p>A few pictures with me... the picture on the left is of us all slaughtering a sheep for the holiday called Tabaski. That&rsquo;s (real) brother Jeff in that one.</p>
<p class="gallery"><a href="/pictures/senegal/tabaski.jpg"><img class="horiz" alt="[4]" title="" src="/pictures/senegal/tabaski_sm.jpg"/></a> <a href="/pictures/senegal/party.jpg"><img class="horiz" alt="[5]" title="" src="/pictures/senegal/party_sm.jpg"/></a> <a href="/pictures/senegal/mara_khadim.jpg"><img class="horiz" alt="[6]" title="" src="/pictures/senegal/mara_khadim_sm.jpg"/></a> </p>
<p>These two are from a trip I took with Sam, an American friend, to a region in Mali, the country bordering Senegal to the east, where the Dogon people live. They still live in villages pretty similar to the way they have for centuries. That&rsquo;s probably largely due to the fact that they make their money from tourism. We saw a TV antenna coming from one of the huts, and our tour guide said the chief was going to make them take it down because tourists wouldn&rsquo;t want to see something like that.</p>
<p class="gallery"><a href="/pictures/senegal/dogon1.jpg"><img class="horiz" alt="[7]" title="" src="/pictures/senegal/dogon1_sm.jpg"/></a> <a href="/pictures/senegal/dogon2.jpg"><img class="horiz" alt="[8]" title="" src="/pictures/senegal/dogon2_sm.jpg"/></a> </p>
<p>The wonderful, hilarious, attitude-laden children who lived on our block. I adored these kids.</p>
<p class="gallery"><a href="/pictures/senegal/girls.jpg"><img class="horiz" alt="[9]" title="" src="/pictures/senegal/girls_sm.jpg"/></a> <a href="/pictures/senegal/three_kids.jpg"><img class="horiz" alt="[10]" title="" src="/pictures/senegal/three_kids_sm.jpg"/></a> </p>
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