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... it is good to be nice, this is for our friendship, one love, we are brothers, you are Gambian now. But if something you can give from your heart ..........'
so if offered a braclet - give it back immediately! Say, 'No no I have already accepted one of these from Smiley/Skinny/Bob Marley/Mr B/ Babu/Happy Bob/ Spooney/Joseph/Joshua/Ibrahim (delete as appropriate depending on who gave you a bracelet first)
Some background info to start: We are working in The Royal Victoria Teaching Hospital (RVTH) in Banjul, the capital of The Gambia (the smallest country on mainland Africa) RVTH is the only tertiary or specialist hospital in the country serving Gambia's 1.7million people. healthcare ladder: (1) person becomes ill, they continue their life regardless because they need to work or think it will go away (2) symptoms don't go away after several days so the local witch doctor is consulted. ...
... a stream bordered with mangroves. Round stone huts are scattered throughout the property and stepping out of your room you are under large shady trees that are teeming with birds.
Within minutes of arriving we were dazzled by sightings of the Beautiful Sunbird, the African Grey Hornbill and Long-tailed Starlings. Spur-winged Plovers and Senegal ...
... their help to see our 220th species on our own - a Little Ringed Plover at the Sewage Works!!
We finished our final walk with plenty of time to pack and check-out by the usual 12 noon. Only 45 minutes later the hotel manager was telling us of an 8-hour delay to our flight and that we were allocated a room for the rest of our stay. So, no sooner had we got ready to leave we were back in shorts ...
... Tuesday - Abuko rice fields and nature reserve, Lamin Lodge then Lamin Rice Fields
Wednesday - Travel to Tendaba for an overnight stay with birding stops on the way
Thursday - Return from Tendaba with birding stops on the way
Tonight we ate at the hotel's Baobab Restaurant, looking out over the swimming pool and gardens - a lovely way to watch the sun go ...