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When I hear the word “Senegal”, I automatically thing of beaches, braids, and the motherland. I recently had the opportunity to visit Dakar, Senegal, for two weeks. After experiencing new people, places, and perspective, it is definitely a destination MUST when visiting West Africa. Not only is it full of beaches, but it is full of rich culture, color, and history. I’ve visited Senegal twice as little girl, but never truly experienced it for myself as a young adult. This time, I was able to appreciate every moment with deep understanding.

1. NGOR BEACH and NGOR ISLAND

Make sure to get a gorgeous tan and meet new people while laying on Plage Ngor (Ngor Beach). If you want a luxurious private escape, you can take a 7 min boat ride across the water to Ngor Island and lay under your own cabana.

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2. PARC FORESTIER ET ZOOLOGIQUE DE HANN

Visiting the zoo is always fun, but I promise you that you haven’t seen a zoo like this before. Most zoo’s don’t allow animals to rome in large spaces, but this zoo is actually based in the national park where the animals have a lot of freedom and space. This large atmosphere allows the animals to feel as if they are in their natural habitat. After the zoo, take a 15 min boat ride on the park’s lake. You can enjoy a drink and see beautiful ducks, birds, and swans.

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3. ATV IN THE SAND DUNES

If you love adventure, you don’t want to miss out on the sand dunes. Dakar is known for their excursions and ATV rides that will lead you to paradise. When you get deeper into the san dunes, it will lead you to the water. Once you reach the water, hop off your bike and take in the waves because it is definitely a site to see.

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4. HOP ON A CAMEL 

If you want a more quiet excursion, take a camel ride. Camel rides allows you to take in your surroundings and reflect. Plus, not everyday you get to ride a camel.

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5. GOREE ISLAND 

Goree Island is a 20 minute boat ride away from Dakar and there is boat ride fee and a fee to spend the day on the island. If you like vibrant colors this is definitely a place to visit. Goree Island is home to the House of Slaves Museum which which was the final exit point for slaves from Africa. It is very emotional and overwhelming so make sure you are ready. If you have time walk up to the top of the volcano and see the 360 view of Dakar.

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6. THE AFRICAN RENAISSANCE MONUMENT 

This gorgeous statue stands tall at 49 meters (160 feet) and is made out of pure bronze. It is definitely a little hike to get to the top, but the pictures are worth it. If you really want to see an amazing view, continue your climb to the top of the males crown to see a spectacular view.

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7. HAVE CONVERSATION & MEET NEW PEOPLE

I am definitely a person who loves to converse and meet new people, no matter where I am. I am a true believer in Black Girl Magic and I appreciate the conversations that I share with other Black girls around the world. It’s important that we learn new perspective through conversation. Having the ability to learn from experience is a true gift.

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In style and fashion, the word fringe is defined as “an ornamental border of threads left loose or formed into tassels or twists, used to edge clothing or material” (Google), but in life, it is an adjective that means “not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme” (Google). I love a good fringe garment, especially because it’s not something that I wear often. When I do wear fringe, it’s to make a  statement. Fringe gives me the feelings of being free and rebellious. When walking in a fringe piece, the tassels move with such fluidity. Fringe has been flowing since the days of flapper girls in the 1920’s and the early Rock ‘n’ Roll days in the 50’s and 60’s. My two favorite entertainers that favored fringe are Jimmy Hendrix and Tina Turner. They were two very outstanding performers in their prime, and fringe was apart of their performance attire.

Fringe is extreme, different, and like google says “unconventional”. Sometimes, I use those three adjectives to describe my sense of style. I love to diversify my fashion because I admire so many unique designers and styles. One day I can look like a bohemian princess and the next day I can look like a British pop star. So often, we as individuals try to conform our styles to one type of genre, but why should we do that when we are exposed to some many different styles in magazines, on social media, and on television. I have my moments when I go back and forth and question my outfit. I sometimes ask myself if a color is too bold or if I am accessorizing too much. It’s good to question your outfits sometimes, because less can be more, but don’t over think it. If you feel confident in your outfit, just like fringe, go with the flow. In the words of the unconventional and extreme master mind, Dr.Seuss, ” Why fit in when you were born to standout” !

Do you Boo!

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