Three days after our departure from Vigo, Spain the crew did some security preparations for Africa:
- Closing of all doors in the living area of the ship
- Installation of additional grids and heavy locks to the entrances of the decks
- Advising us to close and lock all doors, when we are going outside to the top deck. We could use only one of the five outside doors.
- Sensitizing us with stories like: Once they had an exercise alarm after they had left an African port. The captain shouted over the loudspeakers 'Fire - Abandon ship'. Suddenly an African stowaway jumped straight forward into the ocean!
We arrived in Dakar, the capital of Senegal, in the morning of the next day, December 16th 2010. The entrance to Dakar is quite nice, we passed several islands. Very touching for us was the slave island, where the hapless and hopeless colored people had been stored before their long and sad journey to England or America.