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Maya Lau
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Maya is a writer and former Peace Corps volunteer. She co-runs the fashion blog Sartorial Senegal, Twitters, and writes for her personal blog.

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What The Peace Corps Taught Me About Failure

70 Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 09:10:57 (EST)

Volunteer life bursts with cultural faux pas, fruitless projects and second guesses. For two years, I felt like the joke was on me. Even on my best days in Senegal, the sudden scream of "toubab," a taunting word for foreigners, reminded me that my cheerfulness was jinxed, my presence perhaps...

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Senegalese Sex Tourism

Posted September 7, 2011 | 16:07:49 (EST)

Many Europeans come to Senegal for sex. They do it because West Africa is poor, anonymous and convenient. Fancy resorts, with their attendant communities of tourists, are few and far between here. The country's grittiness keeps away the judgmental gaze of Western visitors.

In coastal cities like Mbour and Ziguinchor,...

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Experiencing the Intensity of Ramadan Without the Religion

Posted August 14, 2011 | 09:03:05 (EST)

I came home to Kolda the other day to find everyone in the thick of Ramadan. While I was gone for a work meeting in another part of Senegal, breakfast stands vanished, candied dates arrived and young men stamped out the last of their cigarettes. My journey home was also...

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Senegal's Accidental Hipsters

Posted August 3, 2011 | 17:48:18 (EST)

My daily romp around the city where I live in Senegal affords me a view of urban fashion trends. I've lived here for two years and speak the local Pulaar in addition to French, but no matter how "integrated" I've become with "the locals," I'm aware that I'll always be...

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Senegal's Accidental Hipsters

Posted August 3, 2011 | 17:48:18 (EST)

My daily romp around the city where I live in Senegal affords me a view of urban fashion trends. I've lived here for two years and speak the local Pulaar in addition to French, but no matter how "integrated" I've become with "the locals," I'm aware that I'll always be...

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