Trip Start Mar 05, 2006
Trip End Mar 12, 2006

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Wednesday, March 8, 2006

A restful night was not to be. We were rudely awoken at 2:30 by buzzing in our ears, the infamous buzzing of one lousy mosquito. You know, if it's a bunch maybe you can just accpet your fate, but one? It was dark, the power was out. Donna dug a net out of the closet, but there was no place to hang it. It wouldn't fit over a fan blade. There was a hook on the far side of her bed, so we propped it up on that, but it fell on our faces and we weren't sure if the bugs could bite through it. We tried to sleep, but couldn't, and got up after another twenty minutes to continue fumbling in the dark. After a bit, I saw a man walk to reception and turn on a light (the power was back on!) and he very kindly came and hooked up the net, standing on a table to reach a cord hanging from our rather high ceiling. We crashed into bed and barely made it up before breakfast ended at 10 this morning.

Around noon, we headed down the road to the wonderful oasis of a Shell station and an ATM. Hurray! Our financial woes at bay, we caught a cab to a brick factory in Serekunda. It was more a bunch of people chillin' outside with batiks than a factory, and we're not sure we were in the right place, but there was lots of cool stuff to look at. We didn't buy anything, though, as our bargaining failed miserably. Not sure how much the batiks normally go for, but we weren't willing to pay it.

Back at the hotel, a relaxing afternoon ensued with a serious reconnoitering meeting. We were both kinda bummed with Gambia and the impossibility of getting anywhere, and the lack of things to do. We came up with a plan, though it remains to be seen if we'll stick to it. Having a plan made us much happier (guess we're not the wander aimlessly types, especially not with only a week) but it also brought us to a new realization: the majority of what you do in Senegambia is just wander around and see how people live.

Next --> Back to Senegal!
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