Monday, September 7, 2009

Monopoly and Scrabble in Senegal

I recently came home from my trip to Italy and Senegal. I learned a lot about the culture in Senegal and Africa in general. One aspect specific to Dakar, the capital of Senegal is the number of salespeople on the street. During our normal rounds we would have 300-500 people every day come up to us offering their goods and services such as phone cards, mangoes and other fruit, groceries, taxi services, and even board games. Sometimes it even looked like someone had raided the houseware section of a store, and came out selling tissues and soap for a little more than what they paid for inside.

I noticed that downtown there were a lot of people that were selling board games. The two most popular were Monopoly and Scrabble. Knowing that Monopoly was a very popular game in the United States as well, and that were so many versions of it, I was thinking about buying a board game while I was there. Not too many people have the Senegalese/French version of Monopoly. I pondered to Farina hypothetically, "I wonder if there is any good place around here where I could get a good deal on Monopoly."

She said to me that she didn't know. I thought about it again, and felt kind of silly, because I already knew the answer. I told her, "No where of course."

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