I experienced all of these events through an African filter. To this day, I have a "cultural gap" in my American history memory bank. While in Senegal, I had no TV, no telephone, only a very finicky radio and the daily reports from the BBC or Radio Sénégal. English newspapers were nonexistent then and news from the US often reached us weeks after the fact. Senegal was a "new" country in those days, having become independent only in 1960. The information superhighway was a dirt road that ran from north to south, traveled only by overcrowded taxis and pedestrians.
Today, the Internet has put the world at our fingertips. But Senegal remains distant and unknown. There are only a very few sites on the Web for Senegal. In the spirit of giving back to the Web, I offer this account of my two years in Africa. Join me on the voyage of a lifetime.