Things to do: Volunteer with Help the Street Children

Help the Street Children/Aiders les Enfants de la Rue is a local NGO founded by a Senegalese alumni of a U.S. exchange program. The organization is committed to increasing access to healthcare and education for street children. Help the Street Children is happy to accept volunteers (French is not required). If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the organization at: helpthestreetchildren@gmail.com. More info: Facebook- HSC.AER

Things to do: Talk 2 Rhonda

If you ever need advice, mentoring, life coaching, or just someone to vent to, call Talk 2 Rhonda at 1-844-432-TALK (8255). The folks on their teams are called Lifestyle Strategists and they also have Life Coaches on board that can help you deal with anything from moving, to connecting with your teenagers, to marriage troubles and much more. They structure it so that you can easily go on their website, www.talk2rhonda.com, and purchase the amount of time you want to speak to a strategist or coach ahead of time. The prices are very affordable and you can conveniently schedule the time and date you want to speak to someone. All calls are confidential. If you have additional questions reach out to Sara Voyard at Voyards@state.gov.

St Louis review and list of things to do

We stayed at “De La Post Hotel” for two nights. Our room had two single beds and a small view of the bridge. Even though our room faced the main road we didn’t hear a ton of commotion. I would suggest bringing your own pillow. It was a little smelly, but other then that we enjoyed our stay. Breakfast was not included, but they offer a basket of assorted breads, plain yogurt, jams to add, orange, and an egg. Coffee, tea, or orange juice options for you as well.

St. Louis is bringing in a lot of tourism from what I can tell. There are a number of restaurants to choose from.

“Flamingo” restaurant was across the street. It seemed to be connected to our hotel. The food was good and the view was nice. Lunch was great too. We enjoyed the pizza (Very Italian) and dinner choices excellent. The cooks were great and food came in a reasonable amount of time. Wine selections were nice.

We also ate at the Siki restaurant. Very nice and modern. Food was outstanding and they can take up to a table of 8. I highly recommend this restaurant. 🙂

Le Kora, another restaurant, is closed on Monday’s. Though I think it would be worth checkout out.

We took a carriage ride around the island and surrounding village. 5,000cfa. The guys are everywhere so you can get one by walking to the street. You can have a guided tour in English or French. (two hour ride) The history lesson was nice, even a little funny. Singer sowing machines are made on the island. There is a mosque that was built to be a catholic church and has bells and a clock tower. Our tour guide said it was the only mosque in the world with a clock tower.

The Rama Daiw shop is not far from our hotel. Definitely worth going in for a look. Some designs I had not seen in Dakar, but I don’t know much about the collection. Opens at 9:30- 10 am.

Tess’s fabric was really cool to see. I believe she is a french woman. Around the corner from her shop is the “Factory”. It is 500cfa to take a picture. But you can see them work. As far as I can tell there were only four men who worked there. You can have custom cloth made. Opens late around 3. The history of the fabric is interesting as well.

The Jean Mermoz museum was cool. It’s in French and talks about the first flights from Europe to Africa and mail delivery. 1,500cfa to get in.

There was a B&B with 4 rooms, the owner was kind to let us take a look and chat with us for a short time. You can go to his restaurant as well. I do not have the name.

The Rose hotel was a brothel back in the day. It’s beautiful! Naked paintings everywhere, not sure my kids could handle that, but the rooms are nice and they have a restaurant on the roof.

My friend and I walked across the bridge and went to the market. We got some nice fabric. There are a few choices you can’t get here in Dakar, They bargained high at first, then settled quickly with prices in Dakar.

Not a lot of begging and only a few people hounded us. Over all it was nice. The beaches are not clean enough to go to. I would stay in your hotel to swim.

There are some nice galleries. Didn’t see sand art. Mostly high end art probably sold in Europe.

Over all I think two nights is the most we would stay in St Louis. There are a lot of cool things to see and the moroccan influenced food is great! No really suitable for kids. Night life seemed more popular over day time activities.