OK. That's it. I have arrived in Thiès and believe it or not it's almost 40° Celsius. I haven't lived here before, but my biz partner lives here (70 km from Dakar), and by staying in his house I don't pay any hotel and we can work no problem. Internet is only available by using a USB connection stick, but I get connection speeds of 500K/sec, so that's ok as well.
People are as friendly as ever. When a kid enters the house, it shakes hands, no matter how old it is. They value respect for the elders very highly, and when it's time to eat, everyone sits around a big plate on the floor and takes his share.
We have very heavy discussions as we had before about no matter which subject, be it politics, society, religion (they are Muslim) or whatever comes to mind. I mean I haven't seen my partner for 11 years,but it felt like a coming home. Just yesterday we had a talk about how the West treats its elders. In Africa, nobody would even think of putting them into retirement homes. They stay with the family until they die, everything else would be impossible.
Talk about whose society is mentally more developed.....
Friday we'll drive down to the beach where I have my piece of land to check how and eventually when we can start building our own little office there. I mean, working by laptop on the beach is not the worst of choices. But before, we'll get our temporary office in Dakar running. Building our own won't happen before 2018 or even 2019,
Ba beneen (bye for now) :-)