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Senegal – Day 2

100_6331.JPGMy second day in Senegal was much better than the first. After reading my guidebook last night I realized Gorée Island’s museums are closed on Mondays, so I’m postponing that trip until tomorrow. Today I walked all over Dakar, visiting all the art museums and galleries within walking distance. I also managed to negotiate shopping and restaurants in my non-existent French, and I’m feeling much more confident about my ability to get around on my own.

The two most interesting places I went today were the IFAN Art Museum and a mask shop near my hotel. Interestingly, both places had almost no art that was actually from Senegal. The owner of the mask shop explained to me that because so much of Senegal is Muslim, they do not create much representational art, so all the masks and carvings on display are from surrounding countries, like Mali, Guinea-Bissau, Benin, and Nigeria. I did see a great exhibit in the National Gallery of tapestry weaving from Senegal, but that museum did not allow photography, so I don’t have any photos of it.

Tomorrow night is my first IFLA event. All the speakers and panel conveners will meet for dinner tomorrow night. I will get up first thing tomorrow so I can visit Gorée Island and get back to the city before dinner-time.

I uploaded today’s photos in the usual place.

Comments

Comment from Steve Lawson
Time: August 13, 2007, 11:20 pm

Shanon and I were just talking about the cool stuff you are up to, and now this travelogue! Looking forward to reading more.

Comment from Jane Penner
Time: August 14, 2007, 2:25 pm

Hi Bess,

Sorry to hear about your scary incident, but it sounds like you got out of it OK. Love the pictures of Dakar; Bruce’s are mostly from the village he visited. We’ll have to get the two of you together to share your experiences.

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