Please meet Claudia Giglio. Our dear friend, originally from Burkina Fasso and Italy, who has recently escaped London for the sunnier skies of Dakar, Senegal. In exchange for her disappearance from our daily lives, we've asked her to keep us up to date with her West African adventures as an SBA contributor.
"One of my friends recently decided to mark her entry into the 30ies by walking 30km with 30 friends. The destination, Pink Lake, which lies just outside of Senegal's capital Dakar. Why not, I thought, everyone has their own way of coping with the big 3-0, until I learned I'd have to wake up at 5am for the minibus to pick us up for this little trek. After an hour and a half drive with 30 people squashed into a 24 seater bus, with a good dose of humour we finally arrived at Lac Rose.
This was my first time at Pink Lake so I was ripe and ready to shoot it's pinky waters from every angle but I was to be disappointed. Admittedly it was a bit foggy, but it was still clear that there was not a ray of pink in sight. Seeing my frustration, the lovely people living beside the lake felt sorry for me and explained that this is not pink season and I should return again (but that bus!) in the high summer (July). So, I swallowed my initial disappointment, enjoyed the fresh morning breeze, the spectacular scenery, played with the baboon mascot of the place and got ready for the long walk. I am planning a "Pink Lake, The Return!", and the next time I am determined to mesmerise all of you with amazing pictures of the pinkest lake you've ever seen."
Author: Claudia Giglio is a marvellous mash up of Burkina Faso and Italy, but also calls herself 'a Nigerien at heart, and a Londoner in spirit.' When she's not arguing over political issues, she's globe trotting, studying conflict, photo taking, food adoring, shopping or laughing with someone somewhere. She recently spent a year in Dakar working at Action Aid International. Follow her on Linked In.