There is a reason all the people you see in our Senegal photos are supremely fit - well two reasons, they are genetically gifted, that is for sure. But the 2nd, is that they train and train hard. The beach is the gym where you'll find the majority of young men late in the afternoon. In addition to running and doing every variety of squats imaginable these guys love wrestling. It is the national sport and whether you are a six your old string bean or a burly man, a day doesn't seem to go by without a friendly wrestling match. And then there are those who take it more seriously. Senegal has several professional wrestling leagues that take place everywhere from a 60,000 capacity arena to make-shift ring on the beach, like below, where the contenders wrestle for bags of rice and of course some local respect. It's all for the love of the sport.
Fish and rice with a delicious salsa is a staple in Dakar and made for some of the best eating we've had on the trip. Since fishing is such a mainstay of the culture, why not spend a day with a local fisherman. Maybe you've noticed, but Senegal does color very well and the fish market is no exception. Beautiful painted boats line the beach, kids play in the surf and there is always music to be heard. All this takes place between Le Grand Mosque and the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. It is a scene to be seen!