The next day, I decided to venture to Ngor Island, me and all my bravery. Ngor was about a 30 minute walk from where I was staying and there I would be able to catch a boat to the island which was a less than 10 minute ride. When I got to the boat embarkment, there was a gentleman there who could probably smell an opportunity to hustle me because he immediately hopped up and over to me offering me a 5,000 CFA exclusive ride to the island. The general ferry is 1,000 CFAs. “Non, merci.” I said and bought my general admission ticket and sat to wait for the boat. He then took my ticket and said he’d go and get me a life jacket, and since I didn’t see anyone else with one I figured this was about to be another hustle so I took my ticket back from him. “Non, merci.” I said, whether it was legit or not that I needed a life jacket, what was more important than drowning to me was that I not get hustled. Anyway, I arrived on Ngor Island finally, barefoot, without a life jacket, and proud that I didn’t get hustled. There’s a restaurant just at the shore where I decided to have some Yassa poulet and read a little bit of the novel, Maimouna, that I picked up in the market a couple of days before. After eating, at around 6:30pm, I was torn with whether I should just sit and wait for the next boat or explore a bit more of the island. I wanted to walk along the shore, going east, but there was a dilapidated structure there that seemed like a barrier. “Je veux marcher autour de l’île, puis-je aller là-bas?” I asked a young lady pointing to the dilapidated structure. She had just gotten off work at the restaurant and she looked at me like I asked her for another plate of Yassa. It was only a few days later that I realized why she looked at me so strangely, I had used faulty French in that I was asking her permission when really what I needed was direction. After she told me I’d have to walk the other way around, clockwise, I asked when the last boat would be leaving to which she told me 8pm with a little smirk that I caught between her and her friend, either way I thanked her and set out to circumvent the island. I figured I had enough time to walk around the island and come back to the shore in time to get back to the mainland.