Photo Diary: Fish market in Mbour, Senegal

I went to Mbour for the day about two weeks ago.

Part of La Petite Cote, Mbour is a department about an hours drive from Dakar. It is home to the popular resort towns (communes) of Joal Fadiouth, Popenguine, Saly and Somone.

I planned to spend the weekend of my birthday in Saly. My friend and I had fun playing paintball instead. Still, I promised myself to visit Mbour and Saly at some point.

“Some point” was a week later when I realized that I am adjusting to Dakar badly. I figured I could use a change of scenery and time to clear my head and remember that there is more to life than what I am feeling and thinking.

I did: the trip was relaxing and re-energizing. In addition to walking on the beach in Saly and seeing Mbour’s pink mosque,* I visited the port and fish market, Although I was there less than an hour, I remember the smell, sights and sounds.

As one of the biggest in the country, the market in Mbour is busy. I saw fish in buckets, hands, nets, stands, and on the floor. Some men cleaned and grilled fish next to people who slept in horse-drawn carriages. Beside the boys and men who carried large black nets to/ from their colorful pirogues, children sat or played next to women who sold or bought fish. It was a little overwhelming yet very exciting to see what happens when the pirogues and fishermen come back to shore after a long day at sea. I could not photograph most of what I saw because many people categorically told me to put my camera away. I share below some of the photos I took:

*I’ll share more about the trip to Mbour, including information about my journey there and back, in future posts.

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