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Africa » Gambia June 29th 2021

The book "Roots" by Alex Haley tells the story of Kunta Kinteh, his great great grandfather, that was captured and transported to America in the XVIII century by the slave trade. At that time, the Gambia River was a mayor waterway for slave trade inside Africa. I read "Roots" when I was 15 in Junín, my hometown... then I lived Kunta Kinteh´s story as a great adventure. Overwhelmed by surprised, I visited his home village Albreda, on the Gambia River, and we sailed 3 km to the former Fort Jame (1755) & James Island where slaves were kept. Africa in the XXI century ... ... read more
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Gambia River.

Africa » Gambia » Central River » Georgetown January 7th 2020

Una settimana in Gambia, e' uno stato di dimensioni ridotte e finalmente si parla inglese: meglio approfittarne. Banjul e' una capitale atipica, sorge praticamente su di un'isola e i suoi confini naturali ne hanno impedito la crescita in superficie e nel numero di abitanti; tutto questo si traduce in un'atmosfera piacevolmente tranquilla, quasi sonnolenta, ma anche in una pressoche' totale assenza di attrazioni degne di questo nome. L'Arco 22 e' forse il monumento piu' rappresentativo e probabilmente anche l'unico, posto all'ingresso della citta' e voluto dall'ex dittatore/presidente Jammeh, la cui statua e' stata ormai rimossa dal piedistallo e trasferita nel giardino del piccolo museo nazionale; le tipiche case in stile "krio" e lo smercio di grossi sacchi di noci di cola testimoniano i legami da sempre stretti tra Gambia e Sierra Leone, cosi' come la presenza ... read more
Banjul: il centro
Kuta beach
Wassu: uno dei cerchi di pietre

Africa » Gambia » Central River » Sukuta October 27th 2019

img=https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/Ndt9N7HMWQTLmAUDELou6UVK7j8ezzxh4HLeAbEplkYMsK01QzcGrMTlDM4sRfZrcF-xb4BK0Z2uiVbHD7N73mZP10ky2_0nhpNmFFUpwYgNiq8puX_GCz0km2zDQ7kXwpc1s_bB Whether you are coming to the Gambia for the first time, or you have been visiting for a while now, these tips would be helpful. The easiest way to have a full Gambia experience is to adopt a Gambian lifestyle and live like a local. Eat street food, take local buses, drink local beer. Bumsters Try avoid being friends with every person you meet especially at the beach; not everyone is friendly some are willing to be friends with your money, not you as a person. Transport In Kombo area use Vans for transportation, they are slow and not too comfortable but less expensive, walk if the distance is short. Taxi’s charges more money than other transportation if the... read more

Africa » Gambia February 8th 2019

Después de reflexionar sobre mi primer viaje a Gambia y Senegal , honestamente puedo decir que es una de las experiencias de viaje más interesantes, amables y diversas que he tenido hasta ahora. Viajando con cuatro de mis colegas, tuve la suerte de que todos estaban muy bien informados sobre el área, y en cada giro y vuelta del viaje aprendí algo nuevo. Entonces, si está pensando en visitar la costa sonriente de África occidental, aquí está mi relato personal de mi primera experiencia en Gambia y Senegal ... Es seguro decir que lo primero que noté cuando bajé del avión fue el calor. Lo esperaba y estaba preparado, pero a partir de un febrero frío y húmedo en el Reino Unido, la ola de calor seco que me golpeó fue intensa: sin duda había llegado ... read more
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Africa » Gambia » District of Banjul » Banjul January 1st 2018

Kunta Kinte came from the Gambia Over Christmas and New Year we went to Senegal and the Gambia. You are now reading the first blog entry from that trip and it is about the part of the trip we spent in the Gambia. The Gambia is in West Africa and if you look at a map you'll notice that it is looking very funny. The country is very thin and elongated and sort of resembles a snake in shape. The Gambia is surrounded by Senegal on all sides except to the west where the country has a short coast. The country's snake-like shape is explained by that the country follows the Gambia River. The rest can be explained by Senegal's past as a French colony and the Gambia's past as a British colony. We are not ... read more
Sunset in Albreda Village
Crab nest
Sunset in Albreda Village

Africa » Gambia » Western Division » Bintang July 29th 2017

Dear All Greetings again from Toubacouta, in Senegal! I have just returned here after three more nights in The Gambia since my last entry, but I have returned to Senegal a day earlier than scheduled for a couple of reasons, which I’ll explain below. For the sake of variety, and also because most of this blog entry will be about my last few days in The Gambia, I’ve chosen to name it accordingly and have its location as Bintang, where I stayed a couple of nights ago, as most of my photos are also from there. So last time I wrote I was spending my last evening in Bakau, before heading off upriver to explore deeper into The Gambia. On Thursday morning I caught a “gelly-gelly”, the Gambian form of a filled-to-the rafters, local clapped-out minibus ... read more
Baobab Tree
Grey Hornbill
Me

Africa » Gambia » District of Banjul » Bakau July 26th 2017

Dear All Hello! And greetings from The Gambia, my 75th country!! Perhaps this should be cause for some sort of celebration, definitely a landmark in my country counting, and well on my way it seems to completing my target now of reaching 100 before I retire (I have eased my earlier target of visiting every country on the map before I retire, for the sake of keeping life simple and more enjoyable!). But definitely an important number to reach, and very proud of myself to have seen so much thus far. The Gambia is an interesting country – the smallest country on mainland Africa, at 11,295 sq km, and one of the very few in the world to continue using the definite article (particularly after Ukraine, Lebanon and Sudan all moved on from that). It is ... read more
Bee Eaters
Red Colobus Monkey
Me on the Beach

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
Serrakunda

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




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