Summer Grove Villa
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... was called Mo and our driver Nicky who was always there with a helping hand to help us ascend and descend the rickety ladder at the back of the vehicle. As we left the port everyone was waving us off with big smiles, these smiles continued as we drove through the city of Banjul, so many local people were waving as we passed. It felt a very happy city. We also saw the odd goat or cattle meandering amongst the traffic. No doubt we were in Africa that's for sure.
It took just over ...
... short walk to the waiting bus. We had to fight our way through throngs of raggedly dressed children who were standing with their hands outstretched, hoping for sweets, pencils and money from the cruise passengers.
The roads are not very good in the Gambia so the bus rattled and bumped and lurched along the route. Our next destination was to a fabric market where the material was hand-dyed either using tie-dying or the traditional batik method, whereby ...
At the end of our day in Dakar, Mbacke got us a taxi and came with us to the airport in case we had a problem or needed to send an extra bag to Kafountine via boat.
There was no problem with the bags, but check in took about 45 minutes. Insanely, Brussels Airlines was unable to look up our reservation. They wanted a copy of the itinerary receipts in order to obtain the e-ticket numbers. We were unable to access our email via wifi, so I was escorted ...
... wiser locals and of course the children! I will genuinely miss the shouts of "toubab" and "blanco" as I walk through Leamington, and the curiosity that drove their adventures. I will miss the people, but most of all I'll miss the smiles. To walk to work in Africa is to be greeted and waved at by an entire street, to shake hands with more people in a 5 minute stroll than in a month in the UK ...
... on their way to bed. One of Mandina's many dogs was barking madly at them and pretending to chase them, but as soon as they turned and looked at him, he ran away!
That night, we had other company to keep us awake - a night heron perching on the decking rail and stamping his feet!
Birds seen today: Blue-bellied Roller, Various sunbirds (and Western Grey Plantain Eaters and White-throated Bee-eaters by the pool)