Blogs from Kololi, Western Division, Gambia, Africa


Africa » Gambia » Western Division » Kololi December 17th 2016

The tourist strip of The Gambia in Senegambia is a small strip popular with European tourists. Between November and April, which is the dry season of the Gambia, the streets are lined with restaurants bars and small stallholder marketplace business. The Gambia is known as the smiling coast of Africa. And it's true, the people there are friendly and hospitable. However, part of the reason for that smile is the expectation, especially among the bumsters and young men, then you will line their pockets with your money. It's funny to watch the European tourists march up the street, head down and trying to avoid all calls and approaches for interaction from the locals. Though tourist police mark the ends of the strip to prevent bumsters coming in and harassing the tourists, they still find their way ... read more
Senegambia Strip

Africa » Gambia » Western Division » Kololi September 9th 2014

Being in a meaningful place is not solely bound to one room, one home, one state, one country, one race, one gender or one economic class. It in turn, is a state of consciousness where you constantly feel like you serve a purpose in every space that you enter. So the question is how do we design space to help facilitate Place for those who may be lacking this feeling of belonging? A seemingly omniscient and influential power permeates organismic behavior at every given second of existence. It can never leave, but it can always assume dynamic nature. This power is Space; re-defined, it may be a parameter in which psychology can reflect its own design. Once behavior can reflect happiness, productivity, and healthy function, Space can then transform to meaningful Place. This Space is therefore ... read more

Africa » Gambia » Western Division » Kololi August 19th 2014

I am going to the most direct I have been in any of my posts. Due to the grandiose imagination of Americans regarding their loved ones going to Africa, I feel that I must clear things up. Often times stereotyping, media, and a lack of mediums for social impact yield my friends and family to assume I am either on a mission trip, working for a water NGO, on work-vacation, or ditching a life of convenience. While these are all dandy, allow me to inform you why I am here, and what I have actually been doing. Why: I seek to better lives of the less fortunate through innovative and maximized mediums. I have a passion for learning the sciences of this world, and finding channels to make lives easier for the struggling. If I am ... read more
Pedro with Agua Inc's Typha plants
Agua Campus
Kotu Ponds

Africa » Gambia » Western Division » Kololi March 7th 2011

Dear Family and Friends Well in the spur of the moment I and my roommates, Dan and George, decided to go travelling for ten days down to the Gambia and Casamance by sept-place and then take a ferry back. When the big day of our departure arrived, we got up nice and god awfully early to get to our destination at a relatively decent hour. So I, being the only moderately responsible one and only one that could wake up on his own, woke the boys up. Upon last minute packing, George asks if we have you seen his camera, the virtually brand new SLR with massive, and the expensive lense on it?.... Sigh It turns out George (in his infinite forgetfulness) left his camera in its bag at the restaurant the night before after uploading ... read more
Sept place driver
Us in the back of a sept place startin the trip off
puttin the sun glasses

Africa » Gambia » Western Division » Kololi January 31st 2011

The Gambia. Ever heard of it? Neither had I - so here is an brief low down of the place before I crack on with the blog proper. The Gambia (definite article obligatory) is a small, thin country is West Africa that follows the course of the Gambia river far inland. It is a former British Colony and is surrounded on three sides by former French colony Senegal - the fourth side is the Atlantic Ocean in the West. Apart from their former rulers being different, the people of The Gambia and Senegal are exactly the same: same tribes, same native languages. The Gambia used to be at the centre of the trade taking slaves over to the Americas; now most of the money made is in growing peanuts and through male escorts. Why The Gambia? ... read more
Aren't birds brilliant!
Scary stilt man
Running Giraffe

Africa » Gambia » Western Division » Kololi December 20th 2008

Winter sun these days tends to rank higher and higher on a tourist's wishlist, and the option of spending Christmas Day on a beach in the Gambia almost seemed like the greatest christmas present that was never intended for unwrapping. The long-established Senegambia Beach hotel, which lent its name to the Senegambia entertainment strip leading off from the hotel, is one of the country's prime properties, and its beachfront location suggests why its popularity in the context of the entire country will always have the stamp of permanence. This was the most authentically African country visited to date, and sufficient evidence to suggest that the country, in land mass terms 'a finger in the mouth of Senegal', literally thrives off its income generated from tourism. Excursions are adequate, at least for a week-long visit, and the ... read more
Craft market

Africa » Gambia » Western Division » Kololi June 23rd 2008

A few of my groupies and myself felt like taking a little weekend getaway up country, so I opened the travel book, flicked a page, and so we went. Bintang is a small little village, primarily Mandinka, on the south bank of Gambia. We all had a blast in our little bungalows on the bolong. I thought it might be a good idea to jump into the water straight from my porch, and it was a good idea, until I hit the oyster filled bottom with my bum. The water was deceptively high looking, which left me looking a bit like a battered woman in a swim suit. Apparently the water was safe to swim in, but I ended up getting some sort of parasite and a worm in my leg, go figure. We took ... read more

Africa » Gambia » Western Division » Kololi June 23rd 2008

One day I was hanging out at my friend Iris’s compound and a pathetic looking little street cat wondered in, looking for food and love. He was tiny, probably not more than 3 weeks old, scruffy, and terribly bug infested. I wanted to take him home and rehabilitate him, give him a bath and some food, and so I did. He hid under my kitchen counter for quite a long time. After my friends and I pulled him out we gave him a bit of a bath, it needed to be done or he would be horribly ill from all of the bugs he had. What we found under his puff of orange hair was nothing more than a few bones held together by some skin. He collapsed after we washed him, but was then brought ... read more

Africa » Gambia » Western Division » Kololi April 17th 2008

It’s two o’clock in the morning, and instead of being in a sweet little slumber after a long day, I’m awake. Why you ask? At approximately 1:30am I jolted out of my bed after watching an episode of Roseanne, to a bitterly disturbing sound coming from my window. Previous to this incident, my friends and I were scared out of our minds when 1) my cat made the sound that incredibly resembled a human being and thus 2) made us think someone was in the house. After doing a once over, armed with a broom, we decided the coast was clear. I popped in some Roseanne to settle my nerves and give me a laugh, and was all ready to rest my sleepy eyes when BAM 1:30am rolls around. At this point in the evening, it ... read more

Africa » Gambia » Western Division » Kololi April 17th 2008

I live in the Tower of Babble. With multiple different local languages, mixed with some form of English, and a bit of French, it is a sure fire way to get lost in a sea of translation confusion. As Bill Murray and Scarlet Johnason were, I too am lost in translation. Take last week for example. I went to Sukuta (a village about half on hour from where I live) to visit friends. Most of them speak Mandinka (which I know only greetings and basic phrases in), Wolof (which I am SEMI proficient in), and “Gambian English”. When white, non-local speakers come into the mix, it can get a little messy. While trying to speak Wolof to the Mandinkas, the Mandinka speakers are trying to make me speak their language, and firing off what I am ... read more

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