The Gambia

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by sugarandspice, Dec 7, 2007.

  1. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

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    I'm off to the Gambia this time next week! (so excitied!)

    Has anyone ever been? Anything recommendations?

    I'm going out to visit a school and a family etc so it's not really a tourist holiday
     
  2. DaveR

    DaveR Active Member

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    Not taking a teddy bear are you?? ;)
     
  3. Or how about a canoe ??
     
  4. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

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    Here's something interesting ...

    http://www.gambiatouristsupport.com/cook.htm
     
  5. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

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    ooo-errr! :eek: This 'unclean' hand custom is important ...

    http://www.worldtraveltips.net/africa/view.cgi?country=Gambia
     
  6. dyl

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  7. Masterblaster jnr

    Masterblaster jnr Active Member

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    Have they heard of washing their hands or even socialising with others
     
  8. brassneck

    brassneck Active Member

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    ... even better! :bounce


    - Always greet people
    - You are free to ask questions and borrow things in the compound from neighbors, friends, etc.
    - Dress appropriately if you want to visit a mosque
    - Pay your bills regularly
    - Get off the road when the police are escorting an important person
    - Be on the right hand side of a road when looking for a taxi
    - Giving gifts in cash or kind is not offensive
    - Complain to parents when you are offended by a child
    - Turn down beggars politely
    - Separate your neighbors or friends when they are quarrelling or fighting
    - Be with your family when there is a ceremony or funeral
    - You can mediate without being asked when there is a problem between friends
    - You can beg for some pepper, salt, or sugar from a neighbor
    - Recognize your neighbor’s privacy rights
    - You can drink from your neighbor’s water jar
    - Gambians judge people by their friends and attitude
    - You can discipline (whip) your brother’s child
    - Avoid arguments about politics
    - Tell your family or colleague first when you have a problem
    - Do not greet people with your left hand
    - Do not receive gifts with your left hand
    - Don’t visit circumcision camps if you are not circumcised
    - Do not swim during late hours
    - Do not walk alone in isolated places during late hours
    - Do not smell food in the presence of the giver
    - Do not eat with your left hand
    - Do not criticize people’s beliefs
    - Do not visit shrines without permission
    - Don’t get too close to people’s spouses
    - Don’t bring alcohol to a Muslim compound
    - Do not give gifts and later ask for them back
    - Do not point at people
    - Do not take photographs of shrines/sacred places without permission
    - Do not openly talk about other people’s taboos especially in the rural areas
    - Don’t display affection in public
    - Do not tamper with people’s fruit trees or other property without permission
    - Do not drink open well water during your stay in villages
    - Do not enter a religious elder’s house with your shoes on or without permission
    - Do not enter in someone’s house without knocking on the door first
    - Do not give out your under wear for laundry

    http://wow.gm/africa/gambia/article/2007/5/14/the-dos-and-donts
     
  9. MissRepiano

    MissRepiano New Member

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    In what country WOULD you do that?!?!?! :confused:
     
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  10. sugarandspice

    sugarandspice Active Member

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    I have just got back from what i can only describe as a life changing experience! It was fantastic and i would recomend anyone to go if they get the chance- Obviously the tourist part of Gambia is totally different to that that i have been visiting.

    Anyway, while out there we got involved in a school and i would just like to draw your attention to The Gambian Schools Trust. http://www.gambianschools.org/index.html
    The Yorkshire based organisation helps Gambian Schools and Nurserys and is particulary interested in:
    "Donations of resources, including school equipment, books, musical instruments and resources."

    So if you do work in a school please can you mention this to your Head Teacher as a consideration before you throw anything away! Offices could also help if they have any pens pencils or paper that they could donate.
    After watching a class of 50 children whose only resources were a teacher and a black board it really makes you think about everything we waste in this country.

    I will be putting my pictures on Facebook ASAP if anyone wants to have a look.

    Thanks.

    Kelly x
     
  11. towse1972

    towse1972 Active Member

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    It's called "cultural difference" you twonk! That comment could cause you some serious ructions young man!! I have said it to you before.... Think before you post! :mad:
     
  12. Oooh thats a bit harsh, he's very young! Give the lad a break.
    I suggest maybe just a finger to start with ;)
     
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