Author Archives: Andrea

Final days – Vacationing on the Smiling Coast of Africa

I am writing this while sitting on the patio at Leybato looking out at the waves crashing onto the beach.  As always, there are many young man jogging up and down the beach or doing push-ups and crunches.  Young Gambians … Continue reading

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Day 16 and 17 – Celebration

Hard to believe, but our final run day was here!  Kebba and Pa Modou picked me up at Leybato in the morning to drive the short distance to our starting point in Westfield.  There we were met by our police … Continue reading

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Days 14 and 15 – July 8 and 9 – Banjul calling!

After enjoying the hospitality of the Nova Scotia – Gambia Association’s country director and his lovely family, it was time to hit the road again.  Our hostess prepared a fantastic breakfast and then we set off.  The director came with … Continue reading

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Days 12 and 13 – July 6 and 7 – Recharging the batteries and the start of the final push

Yesterday was our second and final rest day on this journey across the Gambia.  I was staying at Sindola Lodge, a real treat for the tired body.  My room was air conditioned, had a working overhead shower, electricity 24/7 and … Continue reading

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Day 11 July 5 – Made it through a big week!

Eager to finish today’s run and get to our rest day, we left the river camp early and said good-bye to Rasta man who ran the camp.  The morning was fresh after last night’s rain.  We drove the 5 kilometers … Continue reading

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Day 10 July 4 – Pounding sand

The first two miles today were full of starts and stops.  Just a few hundred meters into the run, I realized I hadn’t put sunscreen on, so we waved Pa Modou and Spider over and I protected my toubab skin.  A kilometre … Continue reading

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Day 9 July 3 – What a difference a day can make!

Those who have been following this blog know that yesterday was a tough day for me.  The heat, lack of sleep, wear and tear on my body and likely also a shortage of calories the previous day had all gotten … Continue reading

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