Creative Application: Pen Pals from Dakar, Senegal and Bolivia

By: Laura Dunnagan

Hi Paola!

My name is Dibo. I live in Dakar, the capital of Senegal. It also happens to be the westernmost point of Africa. We have a very dry climate here, only getting between 10 to 20 inches of rain per year. Because of this, all of the plants are mainly scrub and cactus, much like a desert. There’s usually predictably low humidity, but the temperatures vary greatly throughout the year. Right now it’s 20oC. Dakar is on the westernmost point of Africa, and because of the ocean, shipping and trade bring us much industry, and therefore wealth. It also helps Dakar to be one of the most culturally diverse cities in all of Senegal.  We have many ethnicities of people. Some of the largest groups are the Peul, the Sereer, and the Diola. The population of Dakar is about 2.5 million. We have tourists here, many of whom are surprised to see fast food shops here, but because of our large population and cultural diversity, there are many types of food, as well as clothing, religion, and even dialects of languages.

I hope to hear from you soon!



¡Hola Dibo!

I live in Bolivia. Bolivia is one of the two countries in South America that does not have any body of water touching it. In the west are the Andean Highlands, which include parts of the Andes Mountains, and in the east are the lowlands with the Amazon Basin. In the highlands are the lakes, the most famous of them being Lake Titicaca. The lowlands have a variety of wildlife. Most of our population are indigenous people, with only ten percent of European heritage, unlike your incredibly diverse country! The people here are incredibly poor, so they rely greatly on their ancient traditions and supplies they get from the earth. There are ten national parks and eight areas in our country that are protected by our government.

Write soon!




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