The Gambia : Banjul

Last updated on May 25th, 2018 at 05:07 am

 

Banjul

 

 

 

Venta callejera , Gambia .
Gambia .

 

My first experience in Africa . I spent a week in Banjul , the capital of Gambia . Banjul is very small and underdeveloped . Its surrounded by Senegal . I did the trip with my friend , Sergio . Distances are short but its very slow moving around .

 

 

Con Sergio por la selva gambiana .
With  Sergio around  Gambian jungle  .

 

 

Bailando .
Dancing .

 

Just landed , you realize you are in Africa . Cut electricity , excavation works , many people sleeping in the street . We joined to a Spanish group , to hire a guide for day  trips .

 

 

Haciendo amigos .
Friends .

 

 

Mezquita .
Mosque .

 

Prices are cheap , specially food . But when you are with a guide , he doesnt usually go to the cheapest place . At that time , it was the end of the   Ramadan . In Gambia ,  90 % of the population are muslim . We were very lucky to enjoy that experience .

 

 

Llenando el deposito .
Filling up the tank .

 

 

Llenando el estomago .
Breakfast .

 

We visited crocodiles . Its very touristic , but you can a get a picture with them . In Banjul downtown , the only touristic thing is a monument . Where you can go up and get  the views from the city .

 

 

Nunca faltan las sonrisas .
Smiling all the time  .

 

 

Vistas desde el Mirador ., Banjul .
Views   , Banjul .

 

We visited Kunta Kinteh Island , where slaves left . They show us , where they were prisioners . There is a fortress and ruins . We also visited schools , which were in really bad conditions .

 

 

En la escuela .
School  .

 

 

 

Isla de Kunta Kinte , Gambia .
Kunta Kinteh Island  , Gambia .

 

A day trip by jeep in the jungle . It was really fun . Suddenly a tree in the middle of the way . Later , the jeep was broken . So .  people pushing the jeep . This is Gambia ! You never get bored !

 

 

De excursion en jeep .
Day trip by jeep  .

 

 

En el ferry .
Ferry .

 

 

A empujones con el jeep .
Pushing the  jeep .

 

 

Por la selva gambiana .
Day trip in the jungle  .

 

We visited Gambian mangroves . Nothing special , but you always have fun in Gambia . People are always happy and smiling . They called  us Tubac , to white foreigner  people . They always try to ask for moeny , clothes or whatever . But its very safe country .

 

 

Con Sergio y Musa , en los manglares .
With  Sergio and  Musa around  mangroves .

 

The best experience was the invitacion to the Ramadan in Musa´s and Ousman´s home . They were living in a very humble place . Sharing the house with another family .

 

 

Ousman y Sergio .
Ousman and Sergio .

 

Ramadan was so interesting . Ousman and Musa introduced us their families and we were praying together  . It was very warm , 40 degrees . There were 6 of us , tubac  , praying with the people .

 

 

Muchisimo calor .
Very warm  .

 

 

Esperando la oracion .
Waiting for the pray  .

 

After praying , we had luch . They sacrificed a lamb and they cooked at the same moment . They shared the food with their neighboors . While they were cooking , people  were dancing and singing . Gambian people loves music .

 

 

 

Sacrificando al coedero .
Sacrifice  .

 

En casa de Musa .
Musa´s home  .

 

 

Nunca falta la musica .
Always playing  music .

 

When we finished our day trip , we used to visit the beach or the swimming pool . Beaches are long and they  were empty . Water was warm and sunset was really nice .

 

 

Atardecer .
Sunset  .

 

 

Con Jesus y Sergio .
With  Jesus and Sergio .

 

At night , the routine was relaxing . After swimming , we went for dinner and beer . In Gambia , when you leave your acommodation . People offer you everything you can imagine , girls , drugs , have dinner , place for drinking …

 

 

Piscina .
Swimming pool .

 

 

Cenando .
Julbrew local beer  .

 

 

Con Miriam , Michael , Jesus y Sergio .
With  Miriam , Michael , Jesus and Sergio .

 

Gambia is very poor  country , talking about money . Most of the people were asking for money and clothes . An interesting thing ! In Banjul , at that time , there was only one traffic light . So , it became in a meeting point .   Homosexuality garantized you a spot in jail !

 

 

Fauna gambiana .
Tortles .

 

 

Buen provecho !
Monkey .

 

We visited Serekunda market . Serekunda is the largest city in Gambia . They showed us , how to make batiks . You can see , how the women can hold the basket with their head . They were holding babies tied to their back .

 

 

Pescado .
Fish market  .

 

 

Mercados , Gambia .
Street Markets , Gambia .

 

 

Batiks .
Batiks .

 

Food is tasty . Its usually fish and rice . Sauce are hot , but its not too much . Julbrew is the local beer . The Gambia , was one of my best experiences traveling around the world .

 

 

En la charca de los cocodrilos .
With the crokodails  .

 

 

 

 

 

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