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My experience traveling to Gambia - a story of culture, adventure, and fun
I was recently blessed with the opportunity to travel to Gambia, Africa. I’d heard about the friendliness of the people, their love of soccer, and their incredible food from my friend who had visited twice before, but it wasn’t until I arrived that I truly realized what an amazing place this is!
Arrival into Banjul airport
I arrived into Banjul airport after a long flight . I was excited to be in Gambia and ready to start my adventure. The first thing that struck me was the heat. It was so hot and humid, I could barely stand it. But I was also struck by the warmth of the people. Everyone I met was so friendly and welcoming. I instantly felt at home.
After I collected my bags, I headed over to collect my hotel reservation. Unfortunately they were still working on it and they couldn’t confirm that I had one. After some more waiting (and more friendly people), they finally confirmed that everything was ready for me.
Gambia is home to many different cultures, each with their own unique customs and traditions. I was lucky enough to experience some of these while I was there. From the vibrant colors of the clothes they wear, to the food they eat, and the way they greet each other, it was an amazing experience. I even got to participate in a traditional dance!
My favorite customs that I experienced were those related to food. I had never tasted any of these dishes before. In fact, I don’t think you can even find them anywhere else outside Africa! The main staples are cassava, rice, cornmeal and fish or meat. One traditional dish is groundnut stew which is made from peanuts simmered with palm oil until cooked. There are many other types of foods that I found very interesting but one must try at least once while in The Gambia; jollof rice (rice cooked with vegetables). It has an amazing taste that isn’t too spicy nor bland yet it is so delicious!! Jollof rice was my absolute favorite dish in The Gambia!!!
Why I went there
I went to Gambia because I wanted to experience a different culture and see something new. I also wanted to visit my friend who live there. The trip was amazing! I got to see so many different things and meet so many new people. I even got to try some new foods! Overall, it was an incredible experience that I will never forget.
Tourist areas in Gambia
Gambia is a small country in West Africa that is known for its friendly people and beautiful beaches. I was lucky enough to visit Gambia last year and had an amazing time. The country has so much to offer tourists, from stunning sunsets on the beach to interesting cultural experiences. Here are some of the best places to visit in Gambia
The most popular tourist destinations in Gambia are Serekunda (the largest city), Banjul (the capital) and Brikama. While all three cities have amazing attractions, Banjul is where most tourists spend their time. It’s an exciting city with a buzzing nightlife scene filled with bars, clubs and restaurants. The best place to stay in Banjul is Kairaba Avenue as it has everything you need for your stay.
Serekunda is also an exciting city with lots to see and do. It’s home to some great attractions like Paradise Island, a beach that has incredible views of The Gambia River. Paradise Island isn’t just for tourists – locals use it as well! This can make for an interesting time on Paradise Island if you get stuck in traffic when coming back from lunch or dinner at night. Definitely stop by Kairaba Avenue (near where I stayed) when you are in Serekunda because it has everything from food stalls (with some delicious local dishes), shops (to stock up on souvenirs) and even some local restaurants/bars for post-sunset drinks or dinner.
beaches in Gambia
Gambia is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. I had the opportunity to visit several of them during my stay, and each one was more stunning than the last. From the pink sand beaches of Cape Point to the secluded coves of Janjanbureh Island, there's something for everyone in Gambia. And if you're looking for a truly unique experience, be sure to check out Bakau Beach – where you can see crocodiles sunning themselves on the sand!
One thing that really surprised me when I visited Gambia was how friendly everyone was. At first, I couldn't quite figure out why – after all, didn't most people live on less than $2 per day? And yet in spite of their hardships, people were always willing to talk with you and offer their help whenever you needed it. It's one thing if you have time off from work or school; another if you've spent hours walking through city streets at 2 AM looking for a decent restaurant...and yet here they were just as friendly as any other place in the world.
The types of accommodation available
There are several types of accommodation available in Gambia. You can stay in a hotel, guest house, or hostel. There are also many campsites available for those who want to camp out under the stars. If you're looking for something more unique, there are also tree houses and yurts available for rent. Whatever your budget or style, there's sure to be something for everyone in Gambia.
A bit about the people
The people of Gambia are some of the most friendly and welcoming I have ever met. They are always quick to smile and offer help, even if they don't know you. I was lucky enough to meet some amazing people during my time there who showed me around and introduced me to the local culture. I even got to try some traditional food which was delicious! Overall, my experience in Gambia was wonderful and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for an adventure.
Overall, I had an amazing time in Gambia. The people were friendly and welcoming, the food was delicious, and there was so much to see and do. I would definitely recommend it as a travel destination for anyone looking for something a little different.
My experience traveling to Gambia - a story of culture, adventure, and fun!
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