Posted by: tim ellis | July 7, 2007

Gambia – Tuesday June 26, 2007

We decide to decline the hotels generous offer of a £15 continental breakfast in favour of just using the complimentary coffee and tea and postponing breakfast until the airport, which is (literally) a few minutes walk away. There is a fairly long queue at the check in desk – not helped by the conveyor belt not working – but eventually we check in, only to be told there will be an hour delay as the inbound plane is late.

When we get to departures, I somehow get channelled down the “express” line, while Spook is sent down the normal route, although it makes very little difference, we meet up again at the “shoe x-ray” (which is separate to, and after the hand baggage x-ray).

Garfunkels looks like the best option for breakfast, and a large cooked breakfast each still works out much more reasonable than the hotel! Then we settle down to wait for our flight to be called. Even once it has landed we still have to wait for the plane to be cleaned, so it is eventually about two hours late when we leave.

The flight itself is smooth and incident free, other than lunch when we are offered a choice of beef or chicken. Spook chooses beef, while I opt for chicken – our meals look identical – it appears my chicken is of the four-legged variety that says “moo”.

Baboucarr has said he will meet us, and will have an O2 St Georges Cross flag (a Rugby World Cup Promo) that Spook sent him to help us spot him, although the members of his scout troop he has as an honour guard also make him easy to spot! After greeting the scouts we board the Gambia Experience bus to transfer to the hotel (along with Baboucarr, who is staying with us). The scouts follow behind, and are soon treating us to more greetings with singing and dancing – which is great until they want us to sing! We “treat” them to a chorus of “crest of a wave” (complete with actions) and they still want an encore.

After the scouts have left we go for a “West African Buffet” evening meal, then wander down to look at the sea and enjoy the wonderfully cooling sea breeze, sadly absent when we get back to our room. Baboucarr has a full day arranged for us tomorrow and is calling for us at 8:00 for breakfast.

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