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Friday, October 9, 1998
Tambacounda, Senegal
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Tambacounda, Senegal:
Latitude: 13° 46' 43" North
Longitude: 13° 40' 27" West
Altitude: -10 feet
From Seattle: 6933 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hôtel Niji

Today's Travel:
Country: Senegal
Region: Southeast Senegal
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 547
Linear Dist: 126513
Countries Visited: 37
Regions Visited: 157
More stats...
Hotels: 154
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 42
Hostels: 141
Transit: 49
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 1980

Journal Entry:
Back to not much sleep. Didn't accomplish much today. Went to the bank and managed to get money on my debit card(!). Did a much more thorough tour of the market. Still didn't see much of interest, although it's obvious that it's much larger on the market day - Sunday I think. Wandered around the train station (very small, just a platform) and then back to the hotel. I was trying to find a wide brimmed hat since the baseball cap isn't cutting it now that the back of my neck and ears are exposed but I couldn't find anything that fit my head, much less my style (or lack thereof).

Ate all street food today. Almost everything here is dried fish (skipped that, it always looks like it's been found with a mummy), bits of unidentifiable meat (usually not bad if a bit tough), and various forms of deep fried corn dough (tasty). Also explored a couple fetish stands / stores (another sign of being on the boundary of Islam's spread?). You can get a necklace / bracelet / anklet / etc. with various animal parts strung (wings, beaks, heads, horns, feet, eyes, things I didn't look too close at, etc.). I was especially impressed with a leather necklace with a dried birds head, feet, some feathers, and beads but I don't think there is anyway I could get it through customs.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Senegal
CIA World Fact Book: Senegal

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