Yes, it’s true: I’m finally am back in Holland! I’ve traded the sun for the icy wind, rain and possible snow. Some people would call me crazy, but I thought it was finally time to go home. In this post, I want to share more about why I decided to go back and my actual journey. In addition, I will talk about my experience with a new airline: TUI! Yes, I have already flown with TUI while visiting Cape Verde, but never to or from Senegal. Let’s go back to Holland!
back in Holland
I have actually been back in Holland for quite a while now. However, I didn’t want to announce it before I got all my articles about Senegal published, but if you follow me on IG, you’d know! So, in August, my laptop actually died while I was in Podor. That is why you didn’t hear from me that much. I was actually so pressed to get my laptop fixed that all the effort I’ve done did not result in fixing anything. I was so impatient, the universe taught me a valuable lesson. So, a colleague of mine won two tickets to Holland and she offered me one. Therefore, I thought it was best to go back as soon as TUI had their off-season flights available.
Dakar to Blaise Diagne
As some may know, in December 2017, the International Airport in Senegal moved from Yoff, Dakar to Diamniadio. Diamniadio is a city just about 70 km outside of Dakar. The reason the International Airport moved, is because it had to be more centered for tourists that stay in Saly, M’bour etc. If you want to take a cab to the Airport from Dakar, you’ll have to pay at least 16.000 cfa. There is a possibility to negotiate with taxi drivers and have them pick you up at your house. However, it depends on the time and traffic how much you will pay exactly. My uncle really wanted to drive me to the airport, but there was a problem with his car. I actually took the bus from the Dakar Dem Dikk station to the Airport for 6.000 cfa.
TUI: from DSS to Amsterdam via Banjul
One thing I was most excited about, besides finally going home, was seeing Senegal from the air. I have never seen Senegal from the air by day, thus that explains my excitedness, lol. All in all, it took about 30 minutes to get to Banjul. I think we also waited for another 30 minutes before boarding the plane again. The only thing that was annoying was that almost all the seats got booked double. Also, I had to be seated on the 13th row, but that didn’t exist lol. I never mind and since I was traveling alone, I did not care for where I was sitting. The Dutch people on my flight however, some of them were pissed. Anyway, check out these beautiful pictures from the sky!
Check out my video for this trip! Let me know if you have any questions or remarks.