The flies liked my pastries too. I'd swat them away while drinking coffee and using the café wi-fi. Ah, my tax return showed up! Another month of life without going into my savings. I'd panic when I thought about the inevitable slowdown of cash.
In the afternoon, after I'd tired of pretending to be a customer when mostly I just wanted somewhere to use the wi-fi (by that time the only other "customer" was watching soccer on the television), I opened up my guidebook. Or rather fired up my Kindle. What were the must-sees here in Saint-Louis?
Soaking up the atmosphere was the must-see. Well, I was doing that.
Walking wasn't getting me the tourist thrill I needed, so I decided to go on the tourist circuit in a caleche, or horse and carriage. Sure. Why not? I'd be a little embarrassed, but maybe I'd see something I wouldn't see otherwise.
I went into Tourist Information, since my guidebook said you could hire a caleche there. The woman seemed too busy and inattentive, though she only had one person to speak to, so I went to the hotel where you can hire caleches. They had a lot more people to deal with. I checked out the prices—5000 CFA. That's about $10 or so. Okay.
Then I thought about the caleches I'd just passed a block away. And left the hotel and went to hire a driver directly.
And was glad I did. Before, people had been mistrustful of my camera. Now, they smiled and waved as I clicked. We trotted around the island, then went over into the poor fishing village. I was a little shocked at the squalor, but people there were also friendly.
I was glad I did something touristy. I was finally starting to feel a bit more like I was on a trip and not just on my laptop, finishing up the job I'd left.
More photos here.