A short break in The Gambia
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The first thing I was thinking off when we drove to our hotel was; Wow, I'm really in The Gambia right now! I was excited of everything I saw (it was dark outside but anyway I was exited) and loved the heat. Feeling such heat as I felt in The Gambia is a synonym to me for a relaxing holiday. This was supposed to be my greatest travel-experience ever!
Waking op in our small room (wet because of moist while the rain fell out of the sky, that hard I was wondering the roof of our room would stay) I was able to take a look at the vieuw. I thought last night we have a reasonably good hotel but the rooms were bad. Cockroaches on the ground, fleas on the bed and the frogs against the walls and the ceiling. But hey, It gives atmosphere to the trip, right? There are worse things than concerning about cockroaches and fleas.
After breakfast, we've been picked up for our first excursion. Today we visit some local markets and Serekunda. Because of the Rammadam there is some pressure and we are not allowed to step out of the car, which we regret. I love to walk between the local people. Only in this way I am able to enjoy the country and its culture. But unfortunately.
A well-known place for people who visited The Gambia, Serekunda, have been there, the square where they sell batik. Because I am a painter myself , It's extra nice to see how the paintings are made. It is an entirely different way of art, but absolutely worth it. Of course I buy a beautiful one.
Once again we wake up with warm rain. Today we visit the crocodiles. Through narrow streets we arrive the park. Children are walking with us to the entrance. Some have pie in their pants. On moments like these you realize how much we have.
The crocodiles are great to see, I have never seen one in'"wild". Some of them have blood on their teeth and they are laying one meter next to the visitors. Elsewhere in the park we walk along dozens of crocodiles to the exit. Nice experience.
We visit an orphanage for young children. The children live with about 8 other children and one mother who will raise them. They also get an education so they will have a chance at a good job.
In the upcoming days we entertain ourselves on the beach or at the pool. We prefer the pool because there are a lot of pushy people (bumpers) on the beach who are trying to sell things, which is very disturbing.
With an open truck, we are picked up by our guide and go to small villages. Today we want to go further inland. We take a stop at a Gambian house so we can take a look inside. The kitchen is like the kitchens in Cambodia: a hut of leaves and wooden poles with a fire on the ground. It is hot inside but it smells really impressive. The rest of the day we drive through flat fields with some forests of palm trees. The day ends with swiming in the pool.
While we are walking to the restaurant, it begins to thunder and we are literally overwhelmed with lots of rain. Within a minute, we're completely wet. Running on my slippers doesn't go that fast so I do have wet underwear. But because of the warm rain this is perhaps my finest moment this trip.
- The warm rain in the morning
- The small frogs against the walls
- Breakfast, which is always ready