A Peace Corps Thanksgiving in the Gambia
Although a big river divides the country in half, an alarming number of Gambians don’t know how to swim. Superstitions and traditional tales have even inspired fear about the river and the crocodiles that hide in its waters.
Pictures post joining the bald club.
My life of fro-yo, high-speed Internet and a trendy wardrobe is nothing but a distant memory. Everything in Gambia is different, including me. And somewhere along the line, dare I say, it all started feeling normal.
Everything in The Gambia is incredibly cheap if you count in U.S. dollars. However, an average income for a modest family (10-15 people) is only about 1,500 dalasi per month or $38 USD. More than a third of the population lives on less than $1.25 USD per day
I usually sleep through the 5 a.m. call to prayer, having finally grown accustomed to the faint mutterings from the faraway mosque. But it’s never long until I’m forced awake anyway. My family, of course, owns the biggest cock on the block and the rooster never fails to crow at sunrise.