I had to hotfoot it home from Dakar as I was missing Khady and the kids and they were missing me. I wanted to see more places and I wanted time to write, so I compromised and decided to have one stopover on my way south.
I chose the small fishing village of Toubab Dialow, an artistic community 45km south of Dakar.
After a half arsed attempt to catch the bus, I hailed a taxi from central Dakar and got them to drop me on the edge of Toubab Dialow. Whilst mindful of budget, it was about £15 for a one hour journey that could have taken me all day on public transport, so I decided to value my time over my wallet.
I then traipsed through sandy alleys of the cute village to Sobo Bade, the guest house – a small wonderland of turrets, thatched hobbit houses, art installations and a mix of tropical and desert plants, all perched on top of a small cliff face overlooking the beach.
Before long I was in my favourite position: sat with a stunning view in beautiful surroundings, nursing a gazelle beer, enjoying decent wifi and with a pizza cooking in the clay oven.
A little while later I went for a stroll, climbing down the stone stairs to the beach. The sun was on it’s way down and the sands and rocks glowed orange. I started clambering over the rocks to get to the next bay when disaster struck. I lost my footing on the slippery rocks and went down head first into a rock and rolled over into the sea, camera first. From now on, all of my photography will likely be from my camera phone – the camera’s spent a week sat in a sack of rice (top tip for drying things out) but shows no signs of recovery. I had a small gash in my head and a head ache but was otherwise okay.
I seemed to be the only guest there that night, so had an early night, tried to write a little, but fell into a deep sleep, exhausted after a week in the city.
The next day I managed the 150 miles or so back to Abene in about 8 hours with three river crossings, two borders, four taxis, one bush taxi, two ferries, one canoe, one motorbike and this encounter with a horse: