Friday, February 3, 2012
Friday hot dish
This gorgeous relic beyond repair was the hospital, but the laundry, ocean, arched windows were just a beautiful shot. Randomly, the George Soros Foundation has a nice place on the island and the building behind the laundry was the hospital at one time. There was also a gorgeous stone building w/ a sweet balcony just behind the red restaurant. As I stared at it, a guy walked by and said, "It's for sale." I guess he might have thought I was George.
Last night I went to a movie about the Talibe- orphaned or abandoned children brought into Koranic schools and too often abused and used as profit centers. Some are well cared for, of course, but others are badly mistreated. These five were in a larger group outside the cafe after I walked back
And in the random discovery vein, I found that the Goethe Center, a local German institute has a fabulous 5th floor cafe/restaurant overlooking the city just a few blocks from here- and their coffee is excellent! Who knew I'd rediscover my German roots in Dakar! I met w/ Mamadou there this afternoon to plan our Design Thinking workshop. We're hoping to get hired by IMES, a local private K-14 school to do a 12 hour workshop with their oldest students. It's a good proposal, and I hope we get the work. As the university students still seem more interested in protesting than editing (not that I blame them) I don't know when I'll be doing the work with Pape's students.
And in the requisite political update, the M23 movement organized a Friday prayer in the city near the President's palace. The purpose was peaceful, prayerful protest. While I don't know the size of the turn out. there were no police clashes. The movement needed to show it could rally w/o violence, too, and was successful. Tomorrow is the prophet's birthday, so a quiet weekend is expected. Happy Birthday, Mohammed!