18 February 2015
The central reservations were decked with flags, the lamp posts freshly painted in the national colours to mark 50 years of Gambian independence as we headed out for a day of visiting families in their homes. We were afforded such a warm and gracious welcome at every stop; it was very humbling. Several contained well tendered gardens containing crops such as banana, sweeet potato, chilli, onion, salad, mango and orange (ate my freshest ever orange having watched them shaken from the tree). While business was being done to do with school fees I was free to play with the wonderful little children who seem to spring from every crack. A bit of a scrum at times but such fun. We were also treated to the best meal of our stay-far better than any restaurant we had been to.