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I visited Senegal in 2004 as a volunteer, and fell in love with this colorful West African nation.
The town of Saint-Louis was the capital of the French colony of Senegal from 1673 until 1902, and is teeming with bold colors. Walls are saturated in reds, yellows, and greens, which makes a stunning background for the beautiful people of Senegal.
I was fortunate to spend a lot of time with farming projects that took me deep into the countryside. I loved being in the rural areas of Senegal, meeting people who loved the land, and worked hard to maintain it.
I happen to be visiting during the largest infestation of locusts in more than 15 years. Huge swarms of locusts darkened the sky and descended on the fields that I was working in. It was one of the most surreal experiences I've had.
In my downtime, I made friends with many the villagers who were kind, curious, and welcoming. I cried when I had to say goodbye. Senegal will always be very special to me.