Bijilo Beach Hotel
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Hello from The Gambia in Africa,
We have been ported in The Gambia for the day to refuel the ship. Though we have not been allowed off of the ship I still find it super cool that Senegal surrounds where I currently am. My mom was born in Dakar, Senegal and I have always wanted to go there and see where she grew up.
I played soccer AND basketball today, so multitalented…
... to practice any hands on medicine, mainly ward rounds etc. but it's still interesting.
A few facts and things we've seen:
(1)Nurses are 100 times better than doctors for washing their hands
(2)With an HIV rate of 2% nationally, HIV still has much more stigma attached to it. When I was based in the Mater Hospital in Nairobi, patients very openly declared their status as positive or negative. Here we don't even mention ...
... for a couple of days, a few bank cards and a California Drivers License. The first is nothing to moan about, the second just took a few phone calls to fix and the third will only require standing in another queue back home (pickpockets are not common in California DMV queues). So, this is more the narration of an experience rather than an attempt to get your sympathy :-) BTW, they robbed the wrong person, M holds the treasury on this trip!
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Spent the morning topping up my freckles on the beach then L picked us up and took us to Banjul, the capital city.
There's propaganda for the President everywhere - banners on lampposts, huge billboards about the changes he's made and telling Gambians it's their national duty to vote for him. Banjul even has an area called 22 July Square after the date he was elected.
We wandered through Banjul market which ...
Took a coach to Gatwick at an ungodly hour ready for our 8am flight. On the plus side I was so tired I fell asleep as soon as we boarded the plane and woke up with only 2 hrs of the flight left. Felt like VIPs when we arrived at Banjul airport. Lamin's, my brother's Gambian friend who's with us sister works at the airport so she took us through security and got one ...
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- Swimming pool
- Room service
- Free parking