The Gambia: August 2007

In 2007, my mother and I visited The Gambia. This was partly inspired following mum’s volunteering with Education Action International in Sudanese refugee camps. Mum had fallen in love with the African continent and people and wanted to visit again.

I have very happy memories from our time there. We met wonderful people, both locals and fellow travellers, and went on a variety of day trips exploring the country and neighbouring Senegal. The heat also sticks in my mind – I got one of my worst cases of sunburn while on a boat following in the footsteps of Alex Haley and ‘Roots’.

This photograph was taken on the way to the ferry dock at Banjul. When I visited, paved roads were few and far between and there was only one lamppost in the whole of the country.


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