Live in Dakar, Senegal

As I've recently discovered, it's not easy to find affordable accommodation or a reliable Internet connection in Dakar. It has definitely earned its reputation for being a difficult and expensive city. But, after a lot of leg work, my partner's networking skills and the generosity of Prof. Papa Demba Fall at Cheikh Anta Diop University we are finally set up.

My research in Durban wrapped up with a marathon of interviews. The last one only an hour before I caught my plane to Senegal. Over the next few days I'll be posting on some of the highlights from my four months of research there. Stay tuned.

Comments

5 Responses to "Live in Dakar, Senegal"

Anonymous said... 15 April 2009 at 17:28

your efforts will not go unnoticed

cfarivar said... 17 April 2009 at 14:20

I spent 2002-2003 in Senegal as a student and have done a bunch of research on the Internet in Senegal. I was last there in January 2007 -- I'm surprised that you're having trouble finding Internet access. There are cybercaf├ęs everywhere.

Any help I can offer, feel free to ask: cfarivar [at] cfarivar [dot] org

-Cyrus

http://cyrusfarivar.com

Alex Aylett said... 20 April 2009 at 12:41

Thanks Cyrus,
I've found a cyber in the market close by, and have a great - if a bit sandy - office at the university now. One of the thrills of being here is that you can get ironwork, internet, livestock and fresh fruit all on the same street.

Interesting blog by the way. Hope the talk in June goes well.

anele said... 25 May 2009 at 14:53

How is Hotel Des Almadies? Is there internet connection?

Alex Aylett said... 26 May 2009 at 13:10

I don't know Anele, I didn't saty at Hotel Des Almadies. But I'd assume a big place like that would have a connection though.

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