There were 4 students and 5 adults - 2 of the students would be in our upcoming class and the other 2 were leaving.
We flew out on a Saturday afternoon to JFK and after a 5 hour layover there we were off on our 7.5 hour flight over the Atlantic to Senegal. After 1 movie, a couple of meals and a couple hours of sleep, we landed. My biggest fear (even though I knew God was in control) was that my luggage would not make it or it would get lost at customs. The big joke among us was my luggage because the last time we went my luggage got left in customs and by the time we realized we didn't have it and made it back to the airport - the luggage was nowhere to be found. I survived that trip with none of my clothes so I felt God would take care of me during this one.
When we landed, all 9 of us piled into a little van, with 11 bags and carryon luggage. Yeah, it was tight, but this was our transportation for the week.
Here are a few of the sights we saw on our way to where we were staying.
This is one of their forms of transportation - Repedes. There are times when there are lots of people hanging on the back. Quite funny to see.
Our living conditions for the week were at Grand Yoff Baptiste Center, which is the same place we stayed 7 years ago. This is a great place, there is running water (even though we don't drink it), beds, and we can run the air in our rooms at night.
Here's the main common area between the 2 rooms. We spent a lot of our time here. There were fans but it still got pretty warm.
Thankfully we were able to call it a night pretty early that night since we didn't get much sleep during the flight.