I couldn't sleep at all last night and woke up really early this morning to get ready for the exciting trip. We arrived in Dakar at 5 in the morning and it was almost 7 when we got out of the customs and got our luggages. After we met with the guy from WARC,Abduli, we realized that we had 7 hours to kill before we can check-in to the hotel. While waiting, we decided to get some breads and have our first breakfast at WARC. Since we were all told that we should be very careful with food in Senegal, everyone was looking at each other to see what to do. Like others, I was doing the same thing........waiting for someone to take the first bite to see if it was okay. Cheikh took the first bite of a bread and told us how good it was. That's when most of us started eating the bread. I'm not a kind of person who worries about eating street food in Korea or in the states so it felt strange to see myself being careful about food.
To be honest, my first impression of Senegal was very sketchy and scary. As soon as we got out of the airport, people started coming toward us saying they can help us with the luggages. Abduli told us not to hand them our luggages since they might ask for money later. When we got to the bus, we put our luggages on the top of the bus and tied them with a rope so it wouldn't fall.
The first thing I noticed when we got on the road is that there are no traffic lights. The cars were honking everywhere and the streets were covered with sands. The buses were running with the back doors open and some people were even standing on the bumper with one hand holding on to the backdoor. It looked unsafe and really strange for me but seemed normal for them to be on the bus like that way.
Although, it was really tiring to wait 7 hours to check-in to the hotel, it was worth it to get a glimpse of what to expect :)