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  1. This was so interesting to read because I visited Gambia four or five times and for up to a month back in the 1980s and it doesn’t look like much has changed at all. I was glad to read the people were still so friendly as tourism often changes people.
    My mum went out and explored and my subsequent trips were staying with locals but so many tourists never left the hotel other than the city tour or evening out at ‘the village camp’ which was nice but not the same as experiencing the real village.
    Thank you for bringing back many happy memories!

    1. Aw what a lovely comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the post and it brought back happy memories. It’s been 10 years next year since my trip to The Gambia. I very much want to go back.

  2. When I was younger I was invited to go to Gambia year in year out with my best friend and her family. They always had such an amazing time and explained it as you do; great locals, appreciating what you have, etc etc… but I have always had a huge fear of needles and you have to have so many injections to be able to go there and not contract a disease that my 11 year old self wimped out every time and decided that not having an injection was better than going… I wish I could go back and knock some sense into me…

    I would however love to visit now I’m older and dispite the phobia of needles, I think it might be worth it!

    Thanks for a great post, and for sharing Gambia with the world – people should definitely know about it!

    I think, if I remember rightly, it’s also where Akon is from! haha!

    Love, May x

    The Little Blonde Backpacker

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read my post!
      I really hope you get to go to The Gambia someday, it really is an amazing country.
      I found that I only had to have an up to date Tetanus jab and Malaria tablets to enter the country. You shouldn’t need too many injections to be able to travel as it’s not a massively at risk country for diseases. You should definitely give it a try though, I’m sure you would love it!

      Thanks again for stopping by! If you need any advice about the Gambia, drop me a message, always happy to help.

  3. Great post about the Gambia 🙂 Japan was the first country I ever travelled to solo and will always have a special place in my memories – fascinating culture and very friendly people.

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