Walk on the Dakar - the capital of Senegal
The seventh day of our expedition, we decided to be held in Dakar, capital of Senegal. The reasons for stopping a lot. Firstly, a week passed from the date of the start and it's time to relax. In recent days, we got up at dawn and come to a destination closer to midnight. How long this pace can not keep. Secondly, the participants start to end of run clean clothes and we had to wash wear. Thirdly, we had to finally change the glass, which shattered and Western Sahara, as well as armored glass paste on the film.
In the morning the group split. Kolesnikov went in search of glass, mechanic, Nikolai began to book the window Expeditionary car, man-ship Resnyansky stayed in the hotel to install a video, and we Lovygin went for a walk around the city!
Living in Senegal quite poor. Salary of $ 160 is considered very good. Of course, the money especially will not clear, but local enough. The basis of the diet of the local population are fish and rice, they cost a penny, and at night you can see the street homeless, preparing to fire a huge marine fish. The best restaurants of Moscow envy. For $ 20 a month you will every day to wash the car and clean the interior. At the supermarket on the dollar for you will walk Negro and carry all your bags. Local labor, if you know how to negotiate, worth a penny. These are the Europeans, of which there are many.
About half the country's population - below the poverty line. Unemployment in 2007 - 48%.
Senegalese are very kind and helpful people. They are happy to help you solve any problem, of course for a small gift. It is normal to call the waiter here for cigarettes in a nearby stall. If you need something to get, Senegalese will do everything to help. They say there's not an iPhone appear on the day before the official sales. In this case, the Senegalese quite lazy. Day they started at 10 am, and after dinner they go to rest. Senegalese are willing to do anything, just would not work. Perhaps that is why there are equally fun and noisy observed all the known world festivals and events. The main thing that was a reason.
In the morning we start to book windows in cars with a special film. Break this glass is much more difficult it is to protect expeditionary vehicles from villains.
Dakar - the westernmost point of Africa.
to Dakar at night is quite cold. No central heating in the houses there, as well as stoves and heaters set is not accepted. To somehow heat the house wall on the sunny side of the color black.
The last peep Dakar fashion - stereo posters that hang on car windows.
Senegal - a former French colony.
recently in Senegal, there was a little trouble, accused of pedophilia was jailed local spiritual leader. The believers protested, saying that he was "a protege of Allah, and it is possible" and began to rebel. Now the whole city is painted with slogans for the release of the leader.
Probably the most ugly mosque in the world.
Now, about urban transport. The most popular form of transport in Dakar - a taxi. Maximum trip costs $ 6, taxi drivers are on every street corner, and there are no problems with them. Of course, local taxi is not for wimps. Cars fall apart, lead is very dangerous, and often get in an accident.
Still there is the bus, which then called "Rapid Kars" is such an analog to our gazelles. They collapsed, they do not have windows, loading is carried out through the back door. In general, it is not clear how these cars generally travel on the roads. Behind necessarily nailed to a wooden platform to be able to hang on and ride standing up. With zatseperov money for travel are not taken.
Some do not have a windshield. Nothing wrong.
So they rush around the city.
There are old white Mercedes, which is called here "Ndyaga Ndyay". 100 such vans in the 60s gave the city a man, in whose honor and named them. They are more Repidkarov and there you can go even on the roof.
Free travel on the footboard.
has recently appeared in the city and even the buses, they gave the Chinese. The bus conductor sits behind bars. The grille is needed to avoid being killed by disgruntled passengers need to pay.
Chinese in Senegal generally very much as in the whole of Africa. They build roads, factories, solar power plants and gradually taking over the world. Even the Chinese Government of Senegal presented their executive cars, much like the Mercedes S-Class.
The entire business is controlled Lebanese. Russia does not present even the cultural center recently closed.
Move around the city is very difficult.
The Dakar is now actively building roads, there were even paid highways.
A typical city street.
The area on the outskirts.
Grille rainwaters. This is not only a bicycle wheel to fail, but also the child's foot.
stands some monument on the waterfront. People sit down beside him, to relieve themselves.
A street optician.
94% of Senegalese Muslims, but the state is relatively secular. Here freely sold alcohol, women walk in an open clothes, and pork can be enjoyed in the restaurant. But every 2-3 Senegalese wife. In contrast to the Arab world, where you have to build each wife a separate house and ensure everyone in Senegal is not required. So you can safely plant their wives and children, who will live in the boxes on the street.
In Senegal, there is a law allowing to change the date of his birth. Some do not have the date of birth in the passport, just standing xx.xx.xxxx
On the waterfront guy comes up to me and tells a touching story about the fact that he was gay, his parents found out about it and threw him, he had to flee from his native village, and now he wants to kill. Apparently some compassionate Europeans a divorce works well, because the guy was very surprised that I did not give him money. In Senegal, by the way, is very tolerant of gays, there are even official gay bars. But in neighboring Gambia same-sex relationships do not approve of and severely punished.
Dakar - one of the largest West African ports. These goods are brought from all over the world, hence they differ on Africa. The city also became an important point of drug trafficking. They say that in Mauritania there is a secret runway, which is used to deliver drugs through the air. It is located in the desert and covered with sand, to her companions did not notice. At night the band was purified, take drugs, and in the morning all the sand secret. I do not know, actually it is, or a beautiful bike.
In Senegal, the very strong position of the US Peace Corps, it employs 260 volunteers who day and night instill American values to the local population. It turns out very nice. Senegalese standard greeting "Bonjour" replaced the simple and clear "Hi." In Dakar, open cafes and fast food restaurants, there are delivery services, and so on. D.
Lovygin in a cafe. This is probably the last European cafes on our route.
In the evening we go to the famous Pink lake where salt is mined and where was the finish of Paris-Dakar rally.
The lake is really pink.
There is mined salt.
The native embassy. By the way, in Senegal, while one of the best embassies in West Africa. It will be necessary to make our rating embassies