Just a hop, skip, and a jump away from the city of Dakar is N’Gor Island. Although the city was visible from the island, it felt as if we had traveled to a small Caribbean island. We met up with a group of families whose parent(s) work with me at ISD and attempted to maneuver through the streams of men and boys in their holiday best for Korite, the end of Ramadan and its fasting, steaming down the road to the mosque at the opposite end of the beach. Stick fourteen white people in the middle of them, trying to go the opposite way to catch a boat for the island, and I’m sure it was quite a sight.
Weaving through men and boys, some of whom still had the creases in their new outfits, parked cars and buildings, we made it to the beach. There were still streams of men on their way to the mosque on the beach, and we stepped under a building for shade and to get out of their way.
Here’s Guy and Maggie on the boat that you take to cross from the city to the island. On the Dakar side, there was a parking lot, a small sandy beach with small areas dotting the way, the other-mini-paradise.
Guy and pelican
Despite the fact that I labeled the bird as a penguin on Facebook, it was actually a large pinkish, white pelican that decided Guy looked like someone to bother. He and another man were swimming off the shore when the pelican landed. They headed the other way, but the pelican continued after them. The other guy was lucky, but the pelican made a bob /grab for Guy’s foot and the hard beak hitting a bony foot didn’t feel too good. Of course the kids decided to name the pelican and follow it around, but it stayed just out of their ranged until he was ready to go on his merry way.
We stayed for lunch on the other side of the island. Getting there involved winding through narrow, unmarked pathways that were lined with walls and plants. We did pass by a more rural/uninhabited part of the island and you could see the waves made famous in the movie “Endless Summer”. Fresh fish, cold beer and water were served less than 5 feet from the ocean. The breeze was lovely and it felt very other-worldly. The kids were able to walk to the beach and swim in the shallow water while waiting for the food to be ready. There were even a few snorkelers and beautiful fish for them to see.