Music/Dance/Culture in Dakar-Part 2
December 16, 2022
I’m back to tell you about the last part of a full and fascinating week in Dakar! Our day trip here was a visit to Gorée Island. Originally inhabited by Lebu people, the Portuguese were the first Europeans to reach the island back in 1444. Dakar and Gorée are at the... Read More
Music/Dance/Culture in Dakar-Part 1
November 28, 2022
It’s now our third weekend in Dakar! Things are moving fast, especially when our days are so jam-packed. I’m dividing last weekend’s events into two posts since there’s just too much to say. We kicked off the weekend last Friday afternoon with a trip to the... Read More
History, ecology, geology, oh my!
July 12, 2021
This week passed without any major excitement – but I realize that if this was my first week, I would be saying it was full of excitement! I had a literature class, another session of dance and djembe (the best one yet!), a museum visit, and I made good progress on my projects... Read More
Weekend in the Sine Saloum River Delta
June 28, 2021
This week marks the halfway point of my time in Senegal – already?? I’m starting to miss home a little bit, but it’s currently over 100 degrees F in my hometown of Tacoma, and the city of St. Paul where I go to school is covered in mayflies…so I’m happy to be in Dakar.... Read More
Weekend à Saint Malo et Mont Saint Michel
February 13, 2020
This weekend we departed for the west of France to visit the city of Saint Malo and the famed Mont Saint Michel. I was especially excited for this trip because visiting Mont St Michel had been an item on my bucket list for a while. I had stumbled across a gorgeous picture of... Read More
S’habituer — To Become Accustomed To
February 10, 2020
Just like that, our first full week is done! It feels like our time in Paris is going to go by so quickly, but already we’ve already had so many rich and wonderful experiences. From our first classes to our weekend trip to Saint Malo and Mont Saint Michel to cooking with my... Read More
Ever heard of the Chateau of Craon?
January 13, 2020
Honestly, us neither. But you should! We are closing in on our last days of orientation at the Chateau de Craon and what a surprise it’s been. Known as the “the little Versailles of Mayenne,” the chateau is situated in a tiny French town, Craon. In the... Read More
A Horse Attack, A Burglary, and Surfing!
December 19, 2019
Claire, our program director, arrived to Senegal on Thursday, and at night we went to a very bougie hotel to get some drinks and catch up. We had a great view of the ocean, and it happened to be where they shot some scenes of the movie Atlantique (would highly recommend). The... Read More
Still enjoying Paris during the strike
December 13, 2019
Bonjour! It’s been quite a week, with the national transportation strike that started on December 5th and continued since then. I don’t have class on Thursday or Friday so I mostly hibernated, with the exception of visiting a friend to watch Gossip Girl together. Then on... Read More
Study Tour and so much more!
November 14, 2019
Bonjour! This week has been packed with fun activities, starting with our Study Tour to Brussels for the APA in-house course, « La France Contemporaine » in which we visited the Conseil and the Parlement of the European Union. We also still made time to enjoys some frites... Read More