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Julie has now returned from the Gambia,  I have put some photos onto the "Julie Gambia Photos"  page for you to see.




Julie's Gambia Blogs


Friday 18th February 2011.

Julie arrived safe and sound in Bakau. Hotel very basic,electricity keeps going off,and no water most of the time. 


Saturday19 February 2011

Travelled most of the day to a remote village Mandinari. We had to get three busses

All of which were very uncomfortable. Tonight we are staying in round houses with no electricity no water and basic toilets.


Sunday 20 February 2011-02-20

20/02/2011 09:44:27 No information from Julie so far.

Julie is due to meet the Alkalow of Mandinari (head man of the village) today. Returning to Bakau later today to visit a market.


News from Julie received at 10pm Sunday 20 February.


After a long and uncomfortable journey by bus and bush taxi we arrived at the village of Mandinari.

We were entertained by some very enjoyable Drumming.

The overnight stay was an experience, with no heating (the nights are very cold) No electricity, basic toilets, No water, no sheets pillows etc. It certainly makes you grateful of our own home comforts.


Monday 21 February 20011. News from Julie.


Today we met representative from the Catholic School that we are visiting tomorrow (Tuesday).

We now have electricity and water in the hotel, for how long we are not sure!

Eating lots of Omelettes , so not going hungry.

Visited a market today that specialised in Batik fashion.


Update from Julie Tuesday 22 February 2011 19:29:28


Today Julie visited a Roman Catholic infant School where the young pupils learn by rote.

In the afternoon Julie visited the Botanical Gardens.


Wednesday 23 February 5:12:06 PM Update from Julie.


This morning we visited another school with pupils ranging from 7 – 13

With classes of sixty pupils, most of the learning is by rote and chanting.

In the afternoon Julie went on the Beach and then sat by the hotel pool.


Updates from Julie 25/02/2011 09:40:41

Thursday 24 February

Visited a very good craft market and then went on to a nature reserve

Temperature was 100+ PEEEWWWWWWWWWW!!

In the evening the whole party went onto the beach with African Drums and had a good drumming session.

Friday 25 February 2011

Going to visit the Crocodile farm then onto the airport to catch the plane back to the UK at 3pm home 00.

Photos on website next week.

Saturday 26 February 2011

Julie is now home safe and soud.

I have created a new page Julie Gambia Photos.


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Some promotional  Videos of the Gambia.

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