I am now in Fajara, Gambia at the headquarters for WEC.
My flights all went smoothly and all of customs went well too. I am enjoying my time so far. There are so many new things everywhere. Yesterday, we drove into Banjul to get my ID card and pick up the mail. It was very busy. There were people walking and biking everywhere. I’m glad I was with people who knew where they were going because I got turned around completely.
In the afternoon, I joined a couple of other Trekkers (Arno and Esther) to go to a compound for MBBs in another village to teach the kids a Bible story. The kids had a lot of energy and after the story, the kids worked on plaiting my hair. Greeting is very important and so I met many people in the compound. After that we got food from one of their friends and went back to the headquarters to eat. I had a wonderful time getting to know them and learning from their experiences.
I will write more later, but I have to go to breakfast.
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Emily update: Today I went shopping with Dorothy to get familiar with the supermarkets and where to find things near the compound. Yesterday, Esther also took me to a shop that I can buy tapalapa (a kind of bread) and a good bookstore. Everything is quite inexpensive here but it sounds like it will get better once I get to Sibanor. Esther said that I can buy 20 mangoes there for Dalasi 30 (about $1). I will stay at the WEC headquarters until Monday when some of the Sibanor team members will come down to headquarters and bring me there. I apologize that I don’t have very many pictures yet. I haven’t the chance to bring my camera along on my adventures yet, and it takes a couple minutes to upload each picture once I have them, so please excuse the deficiency.
I will start writing an interesting tidbit about my surroundings or the culture every time I update. For this update, the most interesting thing about being at headquarters is that there is a mosque right next door to the compound. I hear the call to prayer every morning at about 5 or 6am and about 8:30pm when I’m going to bed and a few times in between.