Day 4 (September 5)
On our final day in Paris we went to the Louvre. We spent about three hours there which as we learned isn't enough time to see everything. The place is enormous! I think we all pretty much made sure to see the "main attractions" the Mona Lisa and the Venus de Milo.
From there we headed to Charles de Gaulle for our flight to Dakar, Senegal. It was a pretty easy flight. Five hours, 2700 miles. It was a large plane so we had tv's in our seatbacks. Most of us watched the free movies, some of us tried to get some sleep.
It took awhile to get through customs at the airport in Senegal. Our flight was very big and with just three lines open it took awhile. We met our tour guide for Senegal, Ouseman. We gathered our bags - with the help of some of Ouseman's friends - and took our bus to dinner. We ate out on a patio of a restaurant right on the beach. (Don't worry we loaded up on the bug spray).
Driving through Dakar was eye opening. The public bus in the city is nothing like NJ Transit. It looked like a rickety old school bus. There were a lot of truck drivers sleeping in front of their trucks and a lot of people just milling around - even though it was nearly 11 p.m. From what we gathered it's because they don't have homes to go home to.
We checked in at Lagoon 2, our hotel in Dakar. It was dark out but we could tell we were on the water. The rooms have an oceanliner type feel with watertight doors to our rooms and port holes in the bathroom. As soon as you entered the room you could hear the water crashing. Out on the balcony we soon realized the waves of the Atlantic weren't just out the door, the were crashing underneath the hotel. (It was dark but you can see in the photo gallery the view directly beneath the balcony). The beds were super close together but we were so beat by our busy day that we all crashed as soon as we got into the room.
We wish our freshmen Mariah, Jess and Blake were here to join in the experience. Hope you guys are doing well and are ready for freshman orientation.
Q&A with junior Kate Miller
What was your favorite exhibit at the Louvre?
The Great Sphinx of Tanis was really cool and the Winged Victory, the headless angel statue.What was your favorite part of our trip to Paris?
The boat ride on the Siene. I've been to Paris before but never have done the boat ride. We got to see the city from a different view and get information from the guide on all the monuments, buildings, bridges and stuff.
What did you do on the flight from Paris to Dakar?
I watched Blue Valentine and There's Something About Mary.
What are you expecting in Dakar, since none of us has been?
I'm definitely excited to see a different culture. I don't know much about the country but I think it's going to be great to see different country outside of Europe.
How has this trip been for team unity?
It's been really great to see everyone outside of campus. It's just us and the coaches. You're able to interact with people you don't usually see on campus, and only at practice, because of different schedules. It's great team building.