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Simon here and ninja I’m back from Dakar
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Senegal we have been a few times over
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the past year Senegal is a great example
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that the sub Syrian Muslim country can
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be safe and super welcoming for
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travelers so I’m excited to show it to
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you
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this starts with my first impressions
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the first thing I thought when I landed
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was what the hell is this from the
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airport you can see this gigantic statue
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in the horizon that I personally never
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heard of before but it became a symbol
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for Senegal we’ll come back to that
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later on the way from the airport I
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started having a really good feeling
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about that city streets although dusty
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are quite clean and well-maintained and
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the city is very colorful from clothing
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to the signs and these amazing buses
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it’s really bursting with vivid colors
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the last noticeable thing is securely I
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was happy to see that the streets safe
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not only for men but also for women
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let’s move on to the very peculiar
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geography of the car
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the car is not very difficult to locate
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it’s the westernmost city in Africa this
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strategic location made it a very
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convenient stop for the Portuguese Dutch
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and then French settlers in the
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exploration and colonization you can see
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the airport is right in the middle of
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the city which is super convenient when
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you would rather but it pain for
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everyone else in December 2017 and after
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10 years of construction a new
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International Airport will open located
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this time 47 kilometers away from the
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city it’s quite isolated at the moment
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but a train should link it to the city
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and new neighborhoods are being created
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called Senegal inertia but back to
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current Dakar its position on the
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peninsula means it’s surrounded by
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coastlines making for great views a good
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fishing industry and pretty nice waves
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to surf the main boulevard in the city
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runs along the coast and takes you
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quickly from one end of the city to the
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other which leads me to the next session
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the best spots in the city Dakar is
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quite flat but has two round hills
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called Mammal for obvious reasons if
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staying in a hotel
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it will likely be in the al-mahdi or
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Mammal neighborhood on top of the first
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hill you’ll find the tallest statue in
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africa the gigantic african on a stone
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monument it is surrounded by
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controversies as it was built by a north
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korean company and a short outfit given
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to the women caused outrage since it
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overlooks a muslim cemetery on the other
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hill you’ll find a lighthouse that you
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can visit it offers a great view and is
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a lively bar comes nighttime in the
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holidays you can find numerous bars and
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restaurants overlooking see some of them
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quite fancy some more rustic
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another important neighborhood is the
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plateau it’s home to administration’s
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and businesses but also many small shops
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and restaurants if you want to buy a boo
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boo like this one that’s the place to go
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at the back of the plateau are very nice
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creeks with private and public beaches
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in the background and you can see the
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girl island where slaves used to be
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traded it’s also a must go during your
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visit
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when it comes to food the French
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influence is very strong and you can
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find a last choice of wine and cheeses
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in store as well as baguette bread even
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in rural markets but the more
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traditional food involves a lot of fish
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and seafood surgery plantain bananas
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rice or a chicken which is a grain made
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of fermented young the traditional drink
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is called Bisset it’s a hibiscus
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infusion sometimes mixed with ginger in
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the countryside meals revolves more on
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millet and sold oh but unfortunately
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this is not served in restaurants in
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Dakar so I wouldn’t be able to tell you
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what it tastes like 95 percent of the
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population in Senegal is Muslim and you
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can see some beautiful mosques with the
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distinct African style around the city
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to some extent religion sets the pace of
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the society we need to Friday prayers
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and the traditional holiday is being
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observed but it is also a very tolerant
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Islam where women are very much equals
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to men and other religions are respected
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as well economically speaking Senegal is
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the fourth economy in the region and is
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in a kind of rivalry with Cote d’Ivoire
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for dominance in french-speaking Africa
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but unlike many African countries
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Senegal has very few natural resources
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and relies mostly and services tourism
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and fishing
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if Cote d’Ivoire is currently more
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prosperous Senegal wins in terms of
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political stability so much so that the
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US have one of the largest and the seas
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in that town and at a time where
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terrorist threats are undermining
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tourism and business in surrounding
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countries Senegal is permanent
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understood early how important it is to
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prevent any attacks on its ground for
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two years now you can see armed soldiers
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at every roundabout on the main
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Boulevard what more the most common
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language is Wolof but anyone who went to
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school can also speak French English she
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is less common oh and what’s also
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interesting is that there’s a political
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union of West African countries which
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unifies regulations and allow you to pay
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with the same money this one in
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different countries just like in Europe
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now let’s ask the kawah what he thinks
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about his city
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oh yeah how are ya all right Dima gets
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only photos would you prefer I put the
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diecast cylinder GUI that were passed
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with some some rockin nose answer
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physics is not passive part of our
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window before leo dollies it as unique
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don’t some hapless clubbers the movement
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analysis African we see communities on
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the notice of the nose on Sept see no
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sticky mama and for seeker to leave me a
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like and Rebecca please here you go to
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summarize I would say that the car is a
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great city to discover West Africa
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especially if you like fish and speak
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French it’s welcoming and safe but still
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colorful and lively which gives you a
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taste of the West African culture and
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lifestyle please subscribe if you like
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my videos and I’ll see you in the next
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episode bye
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you
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