Village Lodge in March and Senegalese school
In this area are very unusual lodges for anglers. The road there is very, very unusual - first come up on the shore of the city Ndangane Blue River, where you leave the car with suitcases and plunge into the boat. Take a boat, not soaking the feet, will not work in any way ... if only to get kids who are travelers suitcases into the boat, carry you on their hands.
The boat approaches the shore, you jump into the water again to set foot on dry land, where you already waiting for a horse-drawn shuttle to the hotel.
Next 45 minutes and I was met by a small fishing lodge with the name in Swahili Hakuna Matata, which owns most charming Frenchman Olivier Guerin.
This is primarily a hotel for French fishermen, because here grow very close to mangroves and usual huge number of fish.
On the shore are rusty French cannons from colonial times
People live here in such modest bungalows with no amenities, but the main difference between this camp from my previous stop in the Amazigh language - at least the presence of outlets in the bungalows.
Amenities in the rooms and they are located separately in the special units. This "acoustic toilet" - so I met the last time 11 years ago, he passed military training, the principle of operation is as follows, as the top is no roof, and there is only rising by 2 meter walls, then if you listen, you can determine exactly how many people It is with you in sortirny block at a time.
At first it may seem difficult, but with practice comes almost error-free determination of the number of people. Someone may even this occupation seems interesting ...
Sam toilet is divided into 2 types of "services" for girls - "with sidalischem".
and boys "with a hole in the floor - a la naturel".
Shower is also interesting, sometimes even goes a little lukewarm water, even inside there is a small shelf where you can put things well, they certainly will be wet while you wash, but the soap or shower gel, keep left, except that in the teeth. Sometimes the smallest details, such as how additional shelf for things that did not get wet, or stupid soap dish can be very important, but this is my personal opinion.
This lodge tourists carry the popular excursion to the village of March Lodge. A special feature of this village is the fact that 80% of the population, Christians here. A Swiss pastor has built in the village church.
The Holy Family in the Senegalese-French style: Marie Jose and Crist.
The black Virgin Mary (La Verge Noir).
The bell tower of the church in the village of March Lodge.
Wood fromage or Kapuki that I have met, as in St. Louis.
The people who do not believe either in Christ or in God in a village called animists, they just carry out worship rituals to their gods under the tree. A general principle of absolutely any religion I have formed this way: "We have to believe more and think less"!
Bright representative animist village.
Transportation of heavy loads on their heads women in Africa is found everywhere, and here I thought, if our "business lady" would have dragged his "tag-uirkeny" on the head, it would be because even sexy.
The old church building was built in 1935 from the shell, it is now in ruins, and the walls closed her blackened due to rain.
The village has more than solar panels, they gave the Spanish government in 2004.
Some of the houses of the villagers painted with a religious theme.
The villagers pay to the community utility bills for electricity and water. It's just water tank, adorned with graffiti.
"Alarm tam-tam" - covered with leather. At his knock, if suddenly in the village happens to some misfortune, such as fire, flood, and so on, and adjacent to the guide Pasha.
The tone of his sound can vary depending on, above or below the sun is.
Villagers prepare their traditional couscous
mixed with the crushed leaves of baobab
And the result is a good natural remedy for digestion.
An elderly resident of the village.
More at Mar Lodge grown cotton.
"Central Square" of the village, here they "Golden Mile" - the most expensive housing.
Beauty salon, I think the prices are cheaper than in Moscow, so that women can be true.
Women are always children behind, it is believed that it is convenient.
The local vegetable shop.
It is from these fruits and make kuskuc.
This "junkie-old man" all demanded that he bought souvenirs and constantly smoking "peace pipe".
Primary School in the village of March Lodge.
Private schools, children learn it from 6 to 12 years and pay for training 2500 Senegalese francs per month (about $ 5).
Children having fun with all the heart and just glad to white, which come on the tour.
The teacher asks to make a donation and you can leave your autograph in the "Book of complaints".
Children can distribute candy and they will be willing to sit directly on the schoolyard.
After the initial six years of school children go to high school, where learning another 6 years. Lyceum also have in this village and it is free, because it is subsidized by the Government of Senegal, after which they can be sent in Dakar or Saint Louis, where they can study at institutions of higher education, it is also free and is also supported by the government.
That's when he was in this Christian village in Senegal, and that's not even tell you exactly where to live in the village worse - in Senegal, or, for example, in Russia in Nizhny Novgorod, where I spent in the village of his childhood, it was still under the Communists.
And come back in August this year, there remained only a few houses where people live permanently, and all are 100% complete alcoholics ... and when I'm on the "pretty cool" by their standards the car and even on Moscow came in the room village ... little boy is 8 years old said: "ponaedut here with ... and ... for there already ..." Although, I think, come to them to someone who is very, very rare..
I wonder what will happen to this child after 10 years with such open aggression in young age. Exterior view of the church in the village of March Lodge.
At the time of this village, I caught a cold, the nights are still very cold in Africa, I remember that all the way from the village to the "Hakuna Matata" was driving, lying on two-wheeled cart, all the while trying to take a nap on his fotoryukzake.
Arriving at the hotel, and the other rested for an hour, even being ill, I could not miss a tour and we own our lodge Olivier went on a fishing trip in the mangroves. From these places quite close to the border with neighboring Gambia.
This reserve will only grow mangroves. Their total area of 76,000 hectares, and they have a beneficial effect on the ecosystem.
They are going to a lot of oysters, which are caught, and then served for dinner in the restaurants. What is the name of fauna, I can not remember.
The only baobab tree around the mangrove reserve, said that before here the local people (atheists, animists) just bury the dead, but maybe it's just a legend.
Then he started fishing, but I have by the time the temperature rose even higher and I could only lie down. Even flashed the thought that it is possible malaria, t. To. The anti-malarial drugs, I do not drink ever, but Olivier said that she had an incubation period of 10-14 days at least, and it was only my 6th day in Senegal. And Olivier at the same time deftly took out of the water for small fish fry and even one time he was able to catch the slope.
Here he was so proud, handsome with a spike in the tail. Olivier said that such a ramp to kill a man certainly will not, but the fever for 2-3 days to ensure accurate, if you touch his thorn under the tail.
I could not do this picture, like "I caught a stingray."
And then the way back to the hotel, Olivier kindly gave me the opportunity to take him back to his own boat with motor "Yamaha" as much as 115 horsepower, the whole boat so jauntily ... Interesting he still people left from France to Senegal with young wife Belgian and opened a Resort Hakuna Matata, is now their son 3 years old and he is considering plans to sell the Resort to son could study in a good school that is either in Dakar or Saint Louis. But one thing he told me exactly what although he likes France and was born there in Toulouse, but back there is not going to, and then asked me: "Well, how can you compare France with Africa," "Of course not" - I replied, I moved the throttle to the forward position and we raced into the sunset.
Ahead of waiting for the last night at the lodge Olivier Hakuna Matata, I could not resist and asked him, after all, why did he not make the shower and toilet in the room, because it will make less at all the bungalows than this one motor "Yamaha" for his yacht to which he agreed with me, but said that it was his hotel for fishermen and that such he sees his concept and style ... still, he was insanely charming man and very clever ...
And on the shore we were met by a single crab ... and this, alas, was already my penultimate night in Senegal - a wonderful African country.