Smiles, from the smiling coast

Smiles, from the smiling coast

The Gambia is known as the smiling coast of Africa for good reason and I love the smiles of this brother and sister playing around together at a Jola Festival where the brother was initiated. You can read about the fabulous day I had and see more photos on my post An...
My diary… from the smiling coast of Africa – Part 5

My diary… from the smiling coast of Africa – Part 5

Eating akara, dancing to Baatin and saying goodbye to The Gambia Thursday morning and it’s our last full day. After another school visit in the morning (on behalf of The Gambia Experience’s School Development Fund), Shelagh and I spend the afternoon...
My diary… from the smiling coast of Africa – Part 4

My diary… from the smiling coast of Africa – Part 4

Children’s smiling faces and shouts of “Kathryn” and “Shelagh” greet us in Jeddah, a poor district of Brikama. It’s Wednesday morning and we’re off to visit Jeddah Progress Nursery School in Brikama (for children 4 to 7 years...
Merry Christmas from the children of Jeddah

Merry Christmas from the children of Jeddah

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all! This week’s photograph is of the children at Jeddah Progress Nursery School in The Gambia. Although The Gambia is a Muslim country they are very tolerant of other religions and it is not unknown for Muslims to...
My diary… from the smiling coast of Africa – Part 3

My diary… from the smiling coast of Africa – Part 3

Cooking fish benachin and visiting the newly built school at Dairuharu Monday I’m up fairly early today as I’m going on an excursion run by The Gambia Experience ‘Cooking with Ida’. Nine of us from various hotels arrive at Ida’s and are...
My diary… from the smiling coast of Africa – Part 2

My diary… from the smiling coast of Africa – Part 2

Arriving in Africa and catching up with old friends Friday/Saturday After a delayed get away Shelagh and I arrived at Banjul airport a little later than expected but we were soon whisked off to the hotel – Ngala Lodge, a former colonial mansion and our home for...
My diary… from the smiling coast of Africa – Part 1

My diary… from the smiling coast of Africa – Part 1

I’m getting excited! This time next week I’ll be in The Gambia – luxury hotels, European women with their African toy boys, sunshine, sea and poverty. An incongruous mash-up of the extremes in life, The Gambia gets under your skin, if you let it....

Gambian women, looking so colourful

One thing I’ve often noticed during my visits to The Gambia, is that women always look so wonderful in their colourful outfits, like these ladies in Kotu craft market, who have just finished work for the day. I come back from a day out with my hair all over the...
Happy Tobaski!

Happy Tobaski!

Once a year, about 70 days after the end of Ramadan, virtually the whole of The Gambia holds a barbecue! This is the festival of Tobaski (also known as Tabaski or Eid Al Adha) when Muslim families ritually kill a ram in commemoration of Abraham’s willingness to...
Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach

Back in June 2009 I spent a wonderful week staying at Sunset Beach, Kotu in The Gambia. You can read about my adventures in my post ‘A week of song in The Gambia’ but here’s a short review of this great little hotel. Although Sunset Beach is a lower...

A very cool dude

This is a new feature for my blog as each week I’ll share with you one of my favourite photos from my travels, the first being this young man in Brikama, The Gambia, West Africa....
A fun filled week filming in The Gambia

A fun filled week filming in The Gambia

You can imagine my delight when, on a chilly morning between Christmas and New Year in a very quiet office, I received an email from The Gambia Experience clients Lou Hamilton and Paul Lang saying that they would like to make a short film about responsible tourism,...
A week of song in The Gambia

A week of song in The Gambia

I have recently returned from a wonderful week in The Gambia with my fellow Nyodema trustee, Shelagh and our friend, Andrea. I have been to The Gambia a number of times but this visit was particularly special and I wanted to share it with you.  Andrea Encinas,...

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