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Life in Dakar

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Life in Dakar

Senegal is colorful, challenging, (often) hot, and always full of the unexpected. As expats living and working in Dakar, here’s what our day to day looks like.

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The Black Bug

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The Black Bug

Dakar + motorcycles: some say they are synonymous. But when it came time to purchase our motorcycles in Dakar, we ran into a few, er... roadblocks. In the end, we... rallied? [PART 1 of 2]

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La Voile d’Or

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La Voile d’Or

We set out to explore Dakar on foot. At the end of our odyssey, we had tasted the Senegalese culture, met a few locals, and discovered a contrast of Dakar's beaches.

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From East to West

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From East to West

We’re moving from Africa’s green belt to the continent’s arid top half! Here’s some information about our new host country and what we will be doing in West Africa.

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10 Reasons Why We Love Uganda

10 Reasons Why We Love Uganda

As we look forward in anticipation of what is to come, we also reflect on our favorite things about living in Uganda...

The Bag

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The Bag

When fire was set to a nearby sugar cane field, we prepared our expat go-bags and were forced to evaluate our most basic needs…

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The Invasion

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The Invasion

The African creepy-crawlers squatting in our home were served eviction notices. But some of them were a bit more persistent at staying than others…

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Malaria

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Malaria

As malaria arrived on campus, we were faced with two choices: live in fear of all the things that could kill us in Africa, or continue the journey with reckless abandon.

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The Storyteller

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The Storyteller

During a recent power outage, Gabriel shared stories with our girls of travel, family and life. Enraptured, they hung onto every word before sharing stories of their own...

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Mascara and Mangos

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Mascara and Mangos

When there's no electricity, or water, or food to eat, it can be easy to focus on the bad instead of the good. It's how we approach the bad days that makes all the difference. 

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Locked In The Can

Locked In The Can

A guard took me on a walkabout of Jinja-town before we arrived at a four-walled room with a locked door, no windows and an interesting smell…

The Mzungu Machine

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The Mzungu Machine

Cleaning house in Uganda looks much different than it does in the States. And Gabriel – the fixer – created a solution to make life just a little bit easier. 

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Bodas and Buses

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Bodas and Buses

We encountered a few surprises during the process of buying motorcycles in Uganda (and getting them to our house).

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The Village

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The Village

We took a motorcycle-taxi to a village in Buziika, where we learned more about Ugandan culture and met with some of our students' families.

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Twenty Blessings

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Twenty Blessings

It's easy to be distracted in the busyness of the season. But we're reminded of what's most important, and to count our blessings. 

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Making the List

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Making the List

As we prepare to move overseas, there is only one thing – only one material possession – that I’m truly struggling to leave behind.

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