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    Posted April 1, 2013 by
    Saint-Louis, Senegal
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Your photos from 'Inside Africa'

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    Colorful Senegal


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     LLCoolJew says she took these photos in 2004 when she was volunteering in rural Senegal. She says she loves Africa and hopes to one day find a way to work and live there full time. She says she's visited 70 countries around the world and frequently travels alone. Her first image was selected as CNN's Travel Photo of the Day for May 3, 2013.
    - davidw, CNN iReport producer

    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.

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