choose from one of five regions of the world connected to the five rings on the Olympic flag: Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe & Oceania ( you cannot choose the region where you live). From that region, select a nation, or opt to have one selected for you (I chose this one – I love a surprise!). Create an accessory that evokes that nation based on anything that inspires you. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? I chose Africa and got Senegal.
I had to do a bit of research because I’ve never been to Senegal. Or anywhere close to there, for that matter. It’s a long way from Nebraska.
The facts: the Republic of Senegal is a country located on the coast in western Africa. Its capital and largest city is Dakar, which is a port located on the western most tip of Africa. The landscape ranges from beautiful coastlines to rolling plains to arid sand dunes. Islam is the predominate religion and polygamy is a common practice. Senegal is one of the most stable democracies in Africa and participates in international peacekeeping. That's all fine and dandy, but I'm a very visual person:
Something about the sand speaks to me. I know, I'm usually an ocean kind of gal and I'm amazed that I didn't go right for making a piece based on the tropical blues and greens, but for some reason these dunes fascinate me. I even found a closer photo of the sand:
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