There's something poetic about having only a few days left to distill Dakar in my mind and memories. However, I also have final projects, which interfere with my last-minute impressionism.
Nonetheless, last night was a memory-maker. After school, I caught a cab with my friend Dian to go to la Pointe des Almadies, a rocky outcropping at the northwest end of Dakar, where a group of shacks and restaurants compete to serve all sorts of seafood. (La Pointe is also the closest I can get to the States while still being in Senegal.) Together we polished off an immense order of oysters, mussels, and "coques" (some other in-shell creature), right there on the water. Over the course of our meal, several vendors came to tempt us with leather boxes and wooden sculpture, but we bought only bin-bins, the waist beads that women here wear to be sexually irresistible to their men. The sun sank as we talked and piled up the shells.
We then hopped back in a cab, where we tried to convince our taximan Cheikh that "jigeen ak jigeen" (woman and woman) marriages were just fine. He said it wasn't "normal" and it wasn't good for "la sante" (health), and called us both "saay-saay" (roughly, "playboy" or "flirt"). Later, he said that he wanted to marry me. Dian and I knew we weren't getting anywhere with this conversation, so we just laughed.
We arrived an a packed art opening at Galerie La Manege (Dian knew one of the artists), where we wandered until we found the wine and our friends, Frankie and Logan. The four of us perused the art and joked about buying it for our (imaginary) multiple million-dollar mansions. It was an artsy, monied, and mixed-race crowd gathered there; the people were as much fun to look at as the art. We left together--Dian, Frankie, and Logan went to an Indian restaurant to celebrate the birthday of another friend, Michael; and I went home to sleep. Now I'm up early this morning, researching sharia law in West Africa, and procrastinating by writing this blog post.
Dama kontaans / Je suis contente / I'm content and happy.
Ten days left.