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March 12th 2006
Published: March 25th 2006
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Abuko nature park
The Gambia is like a well-deserved oasis of communication in this Francophone desert of western Africa.
One chat, bargain, order and enquire, all in English. This making The Gambia an excellent recreation point, not only for us but also for package tourism.
There are massive resorts, beach erosion, widespread sex tourism and all the other paraphernalia of mass tourism.
To see old, tubby, pale European women snuggling with their Gambian 25 something, paid "lovers", is not uncommon when you're down at the beach.

For me this was of less interest, since the life of a Swedish relative in Africa arouse my curiosity about alternative ways of life.

After numerous plastic bags with iced fruit drinks (Baobab, Hibiscus, Ginger and Tamarind are a few in the odd variety) we left the ferry taking us across the Gambia River, from Barra to Banjul, the capital.
Walked around in the tiny capital for a while; looking at cheap hotels, before we decided to call my aunt Ida, who was (to our delight) more than happy to let us stay with her for a couple of days.

A most interesting time followed. Catching up with relatives I

City centre
never met nor even heard of. We philosophized until late in the evenings about freedom and fear, politics and religion, life and death. With martinis, camparis, and gin&tonics adding more and more emotion to the initially rational reflections and analysis’s.
Having better food than in a long time and enjoying good company.
We had more than enough time to visit nature reserves and parks, villages and take pleasure in beach life/ nightlife, buy expensive visas for neighbouring countries and endure the bureaucratic boogie of ordering new passports - as we awaited my camera to arrive from Sweden.
Saw crocodiles, different species of monkeys, hyenas, snakes, bats, monitor lizards and a plethora of colourful birds.
After twelve days of (more or less) normal life and a good glimpse of African family life from within a family compound, we left my aunt for the south of Senegal, the Cassamance province with its capital Ziganchor.

Ziganchor being a nice, peaceful town in contrast with the Atlantic resorts. Full of mosquitos and with a taste for high volume blues music throughout the nights. The vegetation grows higher and thicker the further south we go, and with the harmattan (annual desert winds blowing sand down south from the Sahara) less intense than in The Gambia everything feels more lush.
Spent another two days in good company with my aunts employees and then left for the tiresome journey to Bissau. With the presence of military increasing, cashew plantations growing even bigger and people getting more and more drunk in the back of the cramped bus, we crossed the border into Guinea-Bissau..

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Lazy hyena

Abuko nature park

Good company in The Gambia
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Kola nuts

Any westafrican market

City centre; Ziganchor

City centre; Ziganchor
Chatting and SquattingChatting and Squatting
Chatting and Squatting

Border to Bissau

Ferry in Cassamance
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Crowded bus

Heading to Bissau
Border crossingBorder crossing
Border crossing

Making mates

25th March 2006

Hej mannen.... Följer din resa med spännning verkar uppleva massor med roliga saker...och riktigt nice udda bilder tar du oxå har tydligen lärt dig lite om foto sen singpore:). Här är full vinter med en vår som försöker tränga sig på mer och mer ett vårtecken idag är att snaps på medborgarplatsen öppnde uteserveringen idag= kall öl i dubbel bemärkelse. Ha de gött ///Jim
26th March 2006

Ok....i fucked up here again with that Indian Banarsi computer. Too hot out here to get things done in the right way. I feel my brain's boiling in my skull, like an egg in a sauce pan! By the way's the food in Africa? You look like a half fed Swede in a meat eater country! Tough to be a vegetarian in Africa innit?!!! All the very best to miss Aili and yourself Bobbiji. Your Varanasi-stuck-French-friend Fred
31st March 2006

hallo! gøy å få så bra oppdatering med så utrolig fine bilder.-og litt trist å lese om så mye kult når jeg har så lyst til å være der selv!! men hils afrika så mye fra meg og god tur videre! runa
17th September 2010
Kola nuts

je voudrai me lencer dans la vente de se fruit dit kola et savoir aussi quel son les pays comsommateur et les lois qui autorise la vente en gros en francai svp
21st October 2010

the photo is very nice
she is very good at snapping
21st February 2012

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7th May 2013
Kola nuts

Read this now!!
Who took this photo???????

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