Arriving in Dakar
We arrived in Dakar Wednesday afternoon after a red eye from JFK. We met two other students from the US studying with the Dakar Institute of African Studies (DIAS). Two representatives, Khadija and Barrel from DIAS picked us up from the airport and took us to a dorm for the first few nights, pictured below. Our team, two other students, Khadija, and Barrel ate yassa for lunch, a delicious dish of chicken and rice with a spicy onion sauce. After another student arrived from the US we went out for pizza for dinner with some of the DIAS professors.
Our first full day, Thursday, we had our orientation at the West African Research Center (WARC), where we discussed what to expect in Dakar and from this program. We had lunch at WARC and spent time getting to know each other before heading back to the dorm for one more night.