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Senegal (part 2), March 2012

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Abene and nearby villages

Thursday 15th to Tuesday 20th March 2012

Some of these photos were taken by Simon Fenton. Read Simon’s blog here.

Tony and Khady in the Atlantic Ocean, Abene Beach.Tony and Khady in the Atlantic Ocean, Abene Beach.

Khady waving at the camera. Abene beach.Khady waving at the camera. Abene beach.

Khady is from Senegal and is Simon’s partner. Simon is from southern England. Tony met him via the internet and stayed with both Simon and Khady in Abene.

Simon and a local guy under a shelter, part of Ibby’s bar on the beach.Simon and a local guy under a shelter, part of Ibby’s bar on the beach.

Tony playing a calabash, with two local guys and Khady. Sitting under the shelter on the beach.Tony playing a calabash, with two local guys and Khady.

Two local men, the guy playing the calabash is named Eladji.Two local men, the guy playing the calabash is named Eladji.

Close-up of Eladji playing the calabash.Close-up of Eladji playing the calabash.

Tony and another guy with a pet monkey.Tony and another guy with a pet monkey.

Close-up of the monkey sitting on a pair of sandals in the sand.Close-up of the monkey sitting on a pair of sandals in the sand.

Tony on Abene Beach.Tony on Abene Beach.

A parrot sitting on Tony's hand.A parrot sitting on Tony’s hand.

A young local girl called Njaya wearing glasses looking into the camera.A local girl called Njaya looking into the camera.

Tony sitting in a garden. A goat tied up behind him.Tony sitting in a garden. A goat tied up behind him. This is the garden of Diatou Sane, a respected mature West African lady who has become Simon’s adopted ‘African Mother’!

Khady sitting in the back of Simon’s green 4 x 4, named Kermit.Khady sitting in the back of Simon’s green 4 x 4, named Kermit.

Khady eating from a bowl containing fish and rice. Sitting outdoors on a mat.Khady eating from a bowl containing fish and rice. Taken in Madina Dafe village, which is home of Khady’s parents. It is about 20 kilometres from Abene along rough roads.

Khady with three young children at her parents house, Madina Dafe village.Khady with three young children at her parents house, Madina Dafe village.

Close-up of Tony, Madina Dafe village.Tony, Madina Dafe village.

A group of women and children sitting under the shade of a tree.A group of women and children sitting under the shade of a tree.

Three women in colourful dresses, one with a young boy on her knee.Three women in colourful dresses, one with a young boy on her knee.

A pair of boys sitting under the tree.A pair of boys sitting under the tree.

Tony with Khady and a large group of children (about 20) in Madina Dafe village.Tony with Khady and a large group of children in Madina Dafe village.

The same children by Simon’s 4x4 vehicle. Leaving Madina Dafe village.The same children by Simon’s 4×4 vehicle. Leaving Madina Dafe village.

Tony sitting at a beach bar table on Abene beach with a drink. Simon and Khady’s puppy, Toubab, is asleep on the table.Back in Abene. Tony sitting at a beach bar table on Abene beach with a drink. Simon and Khady’s puppy, Toubab, is asleep on the table.

Close-up of Toubab on the table.Close-up of Toubab.

Tony with Khady and another Senegalese lady. Tony touching a bowl of rice that Khady is holding.Tony with Khady and another Senegalese lady. Tony touching a bowl of rice that Khady is holding.

A man playing a kora (West African harp). Simon’s house, Abene.A man playing a kora (West African harp). Simon’s house, Abene. Sunday evening, 18th March.

Tony sitting outside Ordi Laurie internet café, owned by Simon’s European friend Laurie Marie, in Abene centre.Tony sitting outside Ordi Laurie internet café, owned by Simon’s European friend Laurie Marie, in Abene centre.

A street in Abene. A shop (Abene Shopping Center) opposite. A street in Abene.

Tony with Joseph, a local Senegalese guy who makes jewellery by hand for a living. Tony holding a necklace.Tony with Joseph, a local Senegalese guy who makes jewellery by hand for a living. Tony holding a necklace.

Pigs in an enclosure, Abene.Pigs in an enclosure, Abene. Although the majority of people in Senegal are Muslim, some are Christian. The pigs are sold to the Gambia and elsewhere.

Close-up of the pigs.Close-up of the pigs.

Tony holding a small lizard. The reptile is dead!Tony holding a small lizard. The reptile is dead!

Close-up of the lizard in Tony's hand.Close-up of the lizard in Tony’s hand.

Tony outside with a local guy.Tony outside with a local guy.

Tony having his head shaved in downtown Abene.Tony having his head shaved in downtown Abene.

Tony and Simon. Taken near Simon and Khady’s house, in a flat sandy area with a few trees and bushes. Kermit, Simon’s green 4x4 vehicle, parked behind.Tony and Simon. Taken near Simon and Khady’s house. Kermit, Simon’s green 4×4 vehicle, parked behind.

Simon with his Senegalese partner Khady, near their house. Photo taken by Tony.Simon with his Senegalese partner Khady, near their house. Photo taken by Tony.

Tony in front of a large tall tree. The sacred tree – largest in Abene.Tony in front of a large tall tree. The sacred tree – largest in Abene.

A dark coloured snake on the ground, spotted by Khady on an evening walk on Tony’s last night in Abene.A snake spotted by Khady on an evening walk on Tony’s last night in Abene.

A man sitting on a mat with a knife working a piece of leather.A man sitting on a mat with a knife working a piece of leather.

Khady and Tony.Khady and Tony.

Tony in Abene.Tony in Abene.

Tony with three local guys - two in traditional dress.Tony with three local guys – two in traditional dress.

A group of musicians with djembe drums, Abene centre.A group of musicians with djembe drums, Abene centre.

Tony in a room in a house with seven local kids. Khady’s Father’s house, Madina Dafe village.Tony in a room with seven local kids. Khady’s Father’s house, Madina Dafe village.

The same kids. Khady’s Father’s house, Madina Dafe village.The same kids.

Tony with two young children. Khady’s Father’s house, Madina Dafe village.Tony with two young children. Same location.


The same room. Several pairs of shoes hung on the wall.The same room. Several pairs of shoes hung on the wall.

Tony playing kora (West African harp), Abene centre.Tony playing kora (West African harp), Abene centre.

Tony playing kora.Tony playing kora.

Tony with the small 'talking' drum held under his arm.Tony with the small ‘talking’ drum held under his arm.

Tony playing a djembe (drum), Abene centre.Tony playing a djembe (drum), Abene centre.

Zeguinchor, southern Senegal

Tuesday, 20th March 2012

Tony (self-taken picture) sitting outside at a café table at Casse Afrique Guesthouse. Zeguinchor, capital of the Casamance, southern Senegal.Tony (self-taken picture) sitting outside at a café table at Casse Afrique Guesthouse. Zeguinchor, capital of the Casamance, southern Senegal.

Sitting at a table with a shell ashtray in the middle. Casse Afrique Guesthouse, Zeguinchor.Sitting at a table with a shell ashtray in the middle. Casse Afrique Guesthouse, Zeguinchor.

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