Travel Blogs from Banjul, Gambia

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Early rise to the southern slither, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

Early rise to the southern slither

A travel blog entry by off_road_clara

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The Left Hand to BJL, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

The Left Hand to BJL

A travel blog entry by cpricci

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... Ansumana drove us to Banjul. The border was tricky. We should have been issued transit visas as we were not staying in the Gambia overnight. However, the border agents claim that you have to use a different road if you want a transit visa. This particular ...

BVAWT003 - GBYD, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

BVAWT003 - GBYD

A travel blog entry by bva

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Banjul Airport (BJL) to Kafountine, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

Banjul Airport (BJL) to Kafountine

A travel blog entry by cpricci

... next to a nice Gambian national from Minnesota who was bringing his son and his son's friend to the Gambia for the first time.    Banjul airport was new and crisp looking, especially compared to Dakar. There was a digital ticker warning ...

Festive Travels 1, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

Festive Travels 1

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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In trying to make the most of my time, I've tried to use my vacations to travel around a bit and see different places.   Over the Christmas break I went to a very bizarre country. They spoke the same language as I did but much faster and with a ...

In-Country Training, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

In-Country Training

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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... by the experience. Not the impact on race-relations I had hoped for whilst here. Onto other things, it's Ramadan in the Gambia at the moment. Due to the religious makeup of the country 90% of the population is currently fasting between dawn and ...

Malaria and other Monsters, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

Malaria and other Monsters

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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... the scheming and Machiavellian nature of mosquitoes. They observed my smug zealousness in anti-mosquito protection in my early days in The Gambia, slathering myself in so much repellent that I dripped a trail of poison behind me wherever I went. "It ...

plans, planes and refuse, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

plans, planes and refuse

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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... see young and old clutching brooms and making half-hearted attempts to tidy up the area, as if in preparation for entering Gambia in the "Best Presented Country" Awards. Once the litter is gathered together, it is unceremoniously burnt. Once the plastic ...

Women's Lib, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

Women's Lib

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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Gender divisions are strong in The Gambia. As a Muslim country, the Gambia combines both civil and Sharia law in a polygamous society where men can take up to 4 concurrent wives. Over recent years, there have been significant steps towards securing legal ...

Secret Santa, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

Secret Santa

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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... a national holiday and many will use the opportunity to drop in on their bible-bashing friends. As I wasn't going to be in The Gambia for the big day itself, I wanted to organize an event beforehand that all my friends, Gambian and non could come to. This ...

Ferrie Gambie, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

Ferrie Gambie

A travel blog entry by vmarchal

La Gambie est souvent presentée comme un pays facile. Je l ai trouvé comme etant le pays le plus dure. Et ceci a cause d un mauvais choix de route. D apres ma carte pour aller a Georgetown, la route etait meilleur au Sud et horrible au Nord, en fait c ...

The Dollar a Day Challenge, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

The Dollar a Day Challenge

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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... more simply and selfishly, a personal challenge that sprung out of a discussion about the fact the all over the world, including the Gambia, more than a billion people have to live off this or less. According to the world bank, this amount is the minimum ...

Ndanka, ndanka: orientation and settling in, Kanifing, Gambia travel blog

Ndanka, ndanka: orientation and settling in

A travel blog entry by adminor

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... our Wolof teacher who usually guides us on our random expeditions, dealing with our slow-moving, loud, annoying group stumbling through Gambia with a patience, kindness, and humor that I can't begin to imagine. He's even taken us into his home and ...

The gambia, Africas Jamaica. A nice place!, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

The gambia, Africas Jamaica. A nice place!

A travel blog entry by raicorosenberg

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... we arrived at the ferry port of Barra that would take us and our vehicles across to the other side in 45mins to get to Banjul. While waiting a young customs officer approaches the car wearing an ID badge and wants to search the car. Once again, in a very ...

Keeping it in the Family, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

Keeping it in the Family

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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In February 2007 a momentous event in world history occurred. Mr and Mrs Hart of Thornborough, England, set forth on the treacherous journey to deepest Africa. Their mission was twofold - to scout out and report back to curious residents of their ...

Festive Travels 2, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

Festive Travels 2

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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... , fresh mushrooms and constant electricity access helped ease the trauma.   I brought some lovely clothes over from the Gambia. Beautiful African prints, personally designed and turned into outfits for me by my own tailor. I did wear them whilst ...

SNAPSHOT> Where I Live, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

SNAPSHOT> Where I Live

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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Here a few shots of round and about my current abode: Gambians traditionally live in compounds with a number of houses/huts gathered around a shared yard. The compound yard is the centre of all activities - cooking, washing, meeting ...

SNAPSHOT> Where I Work, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

SNAPSHOT> Where I Work

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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... in their own community. The topic will be a specific child protection issue that is affecting children in The Gambia. These include: - Sexual Exploitation - particually in relation to tourism - Corporal Punishment - children may be beaten so ...

One week cycle tour of 'The Gambia', Banjul, Gambia travel blog

One week cycle tour of 'The Gambia'

A travel blog entry by jnewcomb

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... of the luggage for the quick crossing. Continued on the other side to Soma where the road intersected another dusty track. "Banjul??", I asked. More frantic nodding. This where I do another right then. That's the extent of navigation required during my ...

A Long Overdue Allusion To Work, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

A Long Overdue Allusion To Work

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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... chanting "Go Child Abuse...um hang on, that can't be right" Child sexual abuse is a very real issue in The Gambia - the situation is exacerbated by the tourist industry which encourages prostitution of children but it is far from being just a tourist ...

A New Beginning, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

A New Beginning

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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So it's been almost a year since I arrived in The Gambia. As my VSO placement wound its way to a close, I've been doing a lot of reflecting on the last 12 months. I can't believe it's been a whole year since I was saying goodbye to friends and family, ...

Birthdays, witchcraft and traffic-rage, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

Birthdays, witchcraft and traffic-rage

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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Good day all, wherever you are and whatever mischief you are up to. I write to respond to those of you who emailed expressing surprise that I had made it to yet another anniversary of my glorious entrance to this world. My 26th Birthday was a ...

Meeting the new in-laws!, Brikama, Gambia travel blog

Meeting the new in-laws!

A travel blog entry by flowergyaru

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hehe!  So, after a year away, I went back to Africa.  Different this time though, because, without ever being there, I was heading HOME - well, to one of my homes anyway :-) Barika and I are getting married at the end of the year (yee haa!) ...

Happy Christmas!!!, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

Happy Christmas!!!

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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Happy Christmas and New Year! I hope you all had great celebrations and are now like me, guilty forgetting the doomed-for-failure New Year's resolutions you made in a fit of reckless optimism in the closing minutes of 2006. My Christmas was ...

HIV Awareness, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

HIV Awareness

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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... ;     -------- This subsequent article appeared in The Daily Observer on Monday January 29th. Gambia: HIV/Aids Patients Respond to Treatment Nine Hiv/Aids patients curently undergoing President Yahya Jammeh's treatment ...

Tea and Pie-ty, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

Tea and Pie-ty

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

My new place of work has a wonderful tradition. A mid-morning alfresco communal tea-break. At 10:30 each day, a playground-bell rings out around the office. Everybody downs tools and gathers outside under the shade of the large mango tree where the ...

A Jaunt to Jail, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

A Jaunt to Jail

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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... report within 24 hours. Not overly hopeful on this point, being long accustomed to the speed at which things happen in The Gambia, off I trundled to my local police station for what turned out to be among the most entertaining few hours of my life. ...

Greetings from Gambia!, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

Greetings from Gambia!

A travel blog entry by sweet2thlh

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... , but make up for it through high volume and an assortment of passionately argued, if ill-informed, opinions. Our entrance to The Gambia was memorable for the fact that our plane landed in what appeared to be a lake. "Oh yes, the rainy season lasts ...

Forest walks, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

Forest walks

A travel blog entry by elaineeustace

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We docked in Banjul, the capital of Gambia, today. It is Africa's smallest country, an ex British colony and almost totally surrounded by Senegal. It is just a 300km strip of land with the River Gambia running through the middle. Our guide for the day ...

Gambia Senegal tour by bike, Banjul, Gambia travel blog

Gambia Senegal tour by bike

A travel blog entry by jnewcomb

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... the road. The plane journey was made passable by the company of Chris, former manager of the Atlantic Hotel in Banjul. He had lived in The Gambia for a number of years and filled me in on the present situation. I planned and read-up on possible routes. ...

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