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August 3, 2002
From journal Bustling Dakar in Four
April 1, 2001
today, the island is the home of many native settlers and local artisans, although it is owned and held in trust by UNESCO which prohibits any of the land from ever being sold. main attractions are the slave house with its infamous "door of no return" and a modern monument, in the shape of the nose of a sinking ship rising from the sea, erected under the aegis of bill clinton in the mid-1990s and dedicated as an apology to the african people for the united states' participation in the slave trade.
the island is also reputed for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear waters. it is widely known that local children will be more than happy to dive for coins tossed into the ocean from the shore. also, take time to visit the island's market stalls which boast beautiful local artisanry with such treasures as beads made from sea-softened glass and stones that once were used as coins. the ferry ride from dakar takes about 25 minutes each way and costs 3000 cfa (roughly US$4) round-trip for tourists. remember to wear sun screen as the rays are especially strong coming off the water!
From journal 9 days in dakar