In March, I took a trip to the Casamance area of Senegal for work. I didn’t recognize till I was making the strategies that I had in fact been to the Casamance in the past, as Kolda is technically in the Haute Casamance. However the location of Senegal that is considered to be the most verdant and stunning is the Basse Casamance, the western area on and near the ocean. And this is where I would be heading for work. I was happy, to state the least. Some images …
I flew into the most significant city in the area, Ziguinchor, by means of Senegal Airlines, which had actually not been functional when I was living there last time. Now that it is back in company under brand-new ownership, local travel possibilities have actually blown up in ease and cost.
I had the afternoon to roam around, however it was too hot and unwelcoming for strolling, so I headed for the riverside and check out a book neglecting an embarkment point for pirogues.
En route back to the hotel I passed this colonial-era charmer.
Leafy green trees that never ever lose their leaves, bougainvillea, and a plaster-walled home with long rows of Mediterranean-style shuttered French windows is my retirement dream, in a nutshell. I might do without the blistering temperature levels, however thinking about that March in New york city is freezing, I wasn’t grumbling.
The next day we began the shoot in Sédhiou, the area in between Ziguinchor and Kolda. Every day we drove about an hour east to a various town or town in the area, and every night we drove back west to remain the night in Ziguinchor, which has much better lodging choices.
On the very first day in Sédhiou, we had initial conferences and obviously, prior to leaving we were welcomed to take part in a shared lunch. Teranga at its loveliest It was a variation on yassa poulet, and it was served in a jumbo bowl, which I photographed atop a computer system box so you can get a sense of the scale.
One day we went to a small town deep in the bush. We fulfilled these females who were collecting bissap aka hibiscus leaves. Bissap leaves and flowers are utilized in Senegal for juice, tea, and sauce.
On a peaceful path from one home in the town to another, we saw a young boy being in a baobab tree like the Cheshire feline.
Then somebody in the group found his buddy in a bough like twenty feet off the ground. See him? He was simply relaxing up there. I think this is what you provide for home entertainment if you’re a kid in the Casamance.
Prior to leaving town, I did 2 things, one huge and one little.
I took a look at the Alliance Française in Ziguinchor. It is an impressive structure, and images do refrain from doing it justice. So, so breathtaking and stunning.
Then I took a taxi an hour west to the beach at Cap Skirring. It sounds insane to take a taxi a complete hour’s drive away, however we worked out a bargain for a roundtrip that would leave a couple of hours for me to check out Cap Skirring and for him to visit his friends and family there. I was impressed by the intricacy of humanity represented by my cabby’s windscreen stuff, which, if you can’t inform, consists of a skeleton-bedecked rearview mirror, a packed feline with lacy straw hat, and 3 various air fresheners. He was likewise listening to reggae, if that assists form an image.
I chose to stroll the length of the Cap Skirring coast, from a stone’s toss north of the Guinea-Bissau border all the method to the other end of town. It was just a few miles however I saw a lot along the method, consisting of:
a spiritual forest,
lots of cows,
a lady event seashells,
some lovely rock developments,
and a fishing town that looked lovable and smelled incredibly fishy.
I consumed my lunch at a delicious dining establishment simply beyond the odor’s reach and after that I headed back to the taxi, back to Ziguinchor, back to the airport, and back to sandy Dakar.
One week later on, I left for Sierra Leone (likewise for work). I will publish those pix quickly, too!