On the trail of the mythical Kumpo of Kanuma, The Gambia

On the trail of the mythical Kumpo of Kanuma, The Gambia

When I heard that a kumpo, a mythical character of the West African Jola tribe, had been spotted near the village of Kanuma, just a few hours drive from where we were staying in The Gambia, there was only one thing for it; I was determined to arrange an expedition f...
Cultural cock-ups and travelling mishaps

Cultural cock-ups and travelling mishaps

When we travel, I believe that we are ambassadors for our country. We should respect other cultures and seek to gain respect from others. No matter how well-travelled we are, however, it is still possible to make mistakes when we visit a different country, especially...
The rules of wuri!

The rules of wuri!

Ida teaching tourists to play an ancient traditional game from West Africa is this week’s travel snap. I love the expressions on their faces. Can anyone beat Ida? I first came across the game of wuri when I saw a family playing it in a back street in Mindelo on...

Cooking with Ida – Fish Benechin from West Africa

Following on from my earlier post about World Food Night, featuring a colourful bowl of fish benechin, I wanted to share with you the wonderful morning I spent with Ida Cham-Njai learning how to cook Gambian style! I joined a small group of tourists on Ida’s cookery...
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...