Imagine the voiceover guy, "Liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiive from Dakkar, Senegal - it's the Monarail! After almost 24 hours of travel, I have reached my first destination, the King Fahd Palace Hotel. My world travelers, or those of you that want to be world travelers, I have a recommendation. Purchase the upgrade for your flight - any upgrade that gets you a smidgeon more legroom because while everyone else will walk off the plane wilted, you'll hit the tarmac feeling like a princess.
Of course it's hard not to feel amazing when you've just flown across the Sahara Desert at sunset. Attention Honors Biology students, identify and briefly describe one plant or animal that can be found in the Sahara desert, pay particular attention to any special adaptations they might exhibit. Be sure to make sure you are not duplicating someone else's organisms - no repeats!
We flew in to Senegal on their Independence Day, so the flight crew welcomed us in traditional dress and sang their national anthem. It was a really special way to begin our adventure in Senegal. In fact, tonight we are meeting with a tailor who will be making us traditional Senegalese clothes from their famous fabrics to wear during our time here. It should help keep us cool in the 105+ degree temperatures we'll be experiencing and also honor the cultural traditions and norms of our hosts.
The very first thing I noticed as we walked across the tarmac in Dakar was the smell of the salty ocean air - it reminds me of Maine. And there are palm trees everywhere which is much like Florida. What a wonderful combination of my favorite places in a land so far from both - it is extraordinary. The hotel is located on the Atlantic and I have a lovely view of the ocean from my room. Below you can see the beach and the city, it is currently about 70 degrees and breezy. A wonderful respite from the heat I will be encountering when I travel to Kolda in a few days. Stay tuned!
About this Blog:
I am a former Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow, a program of the U.S. Department of State. I have completed graduate level training in Global Education and traveled to Senegal in April with the program to explore their educational system. This blog is a piece of the global education guide I have created to support other teachers and students in globalizing their classrooms. My focus area is life and environmental science and understanding the interconnectedness of Earth. For more information on the fellowship please visit the IREX website.