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“I have to say that it was heartbreaking to leave my lovely apartment in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn. Not only did I have a stable job with generous vacation time, dishes that matched, a closet full of swank outfits – in short, all the things one is supposed to have – but I was even surrounded by like-minded liberal types who shared many of my own values. Oddly, however, I was dissatisfied and decided in favor of a drastic change.
The upshot? I applied for a teaching position and am now living in an apartment with cold running water only, white plastic garden furniture in the kitchen and a foam mattress to complete my bliss. The apartment – and the teaching gig – are located in Dakar, Senegal. Yes, I do mean West Africa, about as far away from NYC as you can get in any number of ways.”
You’re in Africa Now !
Experiences of an American Teacher in Dakar, Senegal
Verlag Helmut Ladwig 2010
Paperback, 14×21,6 cm, 170 pages, in english, 86 color photos by the author, 18 Euro
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Tamara-Diana Braunstein was born in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She is a restless wanderer who earned an M.A. from the University of Freiburg (English and political science) and has worked in a youth hostel in the French Alps, a law firm in Montreal, the Metropolitan Museum of Art as well as in university press publishing. After recently having lived and worked in Dakar, Senegal for two years, she is now teaching English in Dortmund and in Bochum, Germany.