All posts tagged Senegal

Solidarity starts with the soul


Solidarity starts with the soul. Wise words from this artist on Rue Vincens.

Political graffiti


Some political graffiti I spotted. Walls all over Dakar were covered in spray-painted missives urging people to vote.

Public Transport


Here is one of the multicoloured buses that run people who live in Dakar’s suburbs into town.

Street Football


I stopped and played football with these kids for 10 minutes. They ran me ragged. I’m pretty sure that with the amazing skills on display, Senegal will soon be in the top countries at soccer.



Today is election day in Senegal. The 86 year old incumbent, Wade, looks like he’s going to be voted out but that is uncertain due to the potential for a split vote among the other candidates. Young females — like the one whose finger is in the photo above* — are very grateful they have the power, through democracy, to change their leaders. They take the responsibility very seriously.

The red ink covering her left index finger shows she has voted. It is indelible to prevent voter fraud. Far from being a nuisance, the woman I talked to was very proud she had voted and was happy to show off her inked finger.

*I won’t name her just in case.

Visa problems

It’s 2AM. I’m exhausted. Just landed in a country where I do not speak the language. So of course there was something wrong with my entry visa.

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False start

Trip to Senegal for the Global Greens Conference has been delayed due to inclement weather.
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Dakar 2012

On Wednesday I am headed off to the Global Greens Conference in Dakar, Senegal.

While there, I am representing the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, the youth wing of the Greens — the Young Greens — and you, if you’re a green-minded New Zealander. Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei and Green MP Kennedy Graham will also be representing New Zealand at the conference.
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Palpable Relief

Just got my hands back on my passport. It had been at the French Embassy getting an entry visa to Senegal stuck into it.

Travelling can be very stressful. Getting this valuable document back means I will actually be able to go. Relief is completely and utterly palpable.

Yellow Fever

As the days tick down to the Global Greens conference in Dakar, preperations are being made. Getting vaccinated for Yellow Fever — like I did today — is on the list of Things You Must Do before going to Senegal.