I had great time in Paris. But after a month in Dakar, it was a culture shock for many reasons. The main one being a realization that hit me over and over as I looked at the beauty that constantly surrounded me:
This beauty exists:
Because of this:
I am a visual person. My students are too. Maybe this would be a good way to start teaching about the affects of colonization on a country? Despite all of the fun in Paris, this was always in the back of my mind.