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Thursday, October 8, 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

Available Photos:

Pig! Tambacounda, Senegal

Haircut: Before Tambacounda, Senegal

Haircut: After Tambacounda, Senegal

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 546
Linear Dist: 126513
Countries Visited: 37
Regions Visited: 157
More stats...
Hotels: 153
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 42
Hostels: 141
Transit: 49
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 1980

Journal Entry:
Eight plus hours of sleep! I woke up a few times, but quickly fell back asleep. The room is gloriously cold and I'm dreading leaving the room. Stepped outside and found it even hotter than it has been. But it felt nice after the chill of the room, not oppressive like I was expecting it to feel. After awhile I realized the difference: it's very dry, the humidity has vanished!

I walked all over town. Not much here, it's sizable but mostly tin roofed shacks. The one surprise I had was the presence of pigs. These are the first I've seen in Africa. Apparently I'm approaching the edge of Islam's spread. I checked and unfortunately (as I suspected) Niokola Koba National Park is still closed (should open the end of this month).

I got my haircut - probably the cheapest ever - especially by length. The cut cost me a little less than US$1, and I am now bald. I don't think I look as bad as I thought I was going to (no really bizarre bumps) and I really like the way it feels. I am very afraid of sunburn though...

Had a late lunch at a restaurant that advertised pizza (sounded good). Of course all they had was the menu of the day (no pizza) but as it was reasonable nice (chairs and tables, ceiling fan, etc.) I decided to go with it (also there weren't a whole lot of other choices). The menu was chicken and it was amazing. It was the best chicken I've ever had. No idea what the seasoning was but the meat basically melted in my mouth. The meal cost me $4 which is pretty steep, but I'll go back tomorrow.

Evening reading in my room and then in the hotel bar with a light snack and a couple beers.

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

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