A lovely island. One of the magnificent Senegal's islands, Gorée is very meaningful. It has been the main west Africa's French counter, and the first "slaves' main market". It is 4 Km far from Dakar (Senegal's capital city). So we have to cross the ocean.
Up to now, this small island that has kept its colonial buildings remains really touristy.
You can find there the huge gun, the tiny room where slaves were packed, many museums, many resorts, lots of traditional stuffs such as jewelries, paintings, dishes, instruments... the sellers can come from Dakar, or may live in Gorée.
But I personally found out that people from Gorée are very different from people from Dakar. The people from Gorée have a sort of original way to do things, I mean the way they think, the way the live, what they think about tourists when they first meet them is closer to a kind of friendly curiosity linked to a peculiar feeling of being shattered, rather than a fake enthusiasm mixed with hypocrisy very common in Dakar. Moreover, this latter is the kind of feeling that have made Gorée a sort of tourist trap, where instead of being touched by the breathtaking landscape and the meaningful events happened there, you will rather be under the impression that the people there (the visitor's guides or the sellers) are thinking: "it doesn't matter what happened some years ago there, just listen to me, or buy my paintings, and by the way, give me all your money because you look to have a lot".
Good to specify: " to look like having loads of money" depends on your nationality and of course the darkness of your skin. No need to tell you that you are very likely to be charged more expensively if first you are not very dark :) and secondly if your nationality is geographically very far from Senegal. It doesn't seem like, but dear friends you have to believe in me, it's VE-RY VE-RY funny.
I've met there a painter; I have first been interested in him because he was the one who were very far from where tourists usually like to stay. When I got near him, I asked if I could take a photo of him. He said he'd be very pleased, and in addition it's his aim. I didn't understand, so I asked what his aim was, and he told me that in fact he'd be very happy if he could sell many of his paints, but actually, expressing his feeling, and showing how simple and differently and spiritually his life is, to someone who has spent money just to come and see his motherland was the main important thing for him. And he gave me a painting for free(the one he is holding on the picture). I asked him why, and he answered it was just because I'm beautiful (yes yes you may have not noticed, but actually I'm very attractive :) haha! Just kidding! )
I was simply happy.
I like Gorée. I like Gorée when nobody is there, no sellers, no two-faced people. I like Gorée when there are only their residents.