Adventures in Gambia
DAY 55. The Ferry Guest House, where rooms are rented out by the hour.
I left Dakar with M and S, a dutch girl who was also staying at the hostel. We took a taxi to the main bus station and got a mini van with a couple of others to Karang, the border town.
Once in Gambia we continued our way to Barra and took the ferry to Banjul. Back in St Louis, me and M had located on google maps, a guest house. If you zoom in to the max, you can find all kind of gems. That's where we ended up. Across the road from the ferry terminal, right in the thick of the action, the type of place where tourists don't really frequent. We headed out for dinner and got some well deserved beers and figured out a plan of action. M was keen to head off, to find some visas.
I was willing to stay a day and check things out and may be the next morning, after the public holiday, try for the Sierra Leone visa. When we got back to the hotel, the 'girls' were sitting out side the common room, waiting for business.
View from the Ferry Guest House balcony
Breakfast on the streeet
DAY 56. Sierra Leone Commission Banjul
I am at the Sierra Leone Comission. I have asked if the visa can be issued today. I am reminded again that it normally takes 3-4 days. The guy has gone with my application form, 2 passport photos and the 100$ to call his boss.
The form asked for Cholera and Small pox vaccination dates, both of which I've left blank. I have a copy of my Yellow fever certificate with me. I have no hotel reservation, no onward flight ticket and no proof of funds, other than cash.
I wait patiently for the guy to return.
20 minutes later and I have the visa. Getting visas is proving easier than I had reckoned on. The officer tells me that he worked very hard on my behalf so that he could issue the visa without me waiting.
2 days later
Out at the Tendaba bird camp on the River Gambia, me and S went bird watching.
Riding in the back of a pick up, racing to get back into Senegal and the mad dash to avoid the curfew on the road to Ziguinchor.