Bird’s Eye View: Sibanor

Sibanor and the road looking East

Sibanor and the road looking East

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved aerial photos. Any chance I get, I hike mountainsides, climb towers and ride elevators to the top vistas to get a bird’s eye view. There aren’t any hills or tall buildings in my village, but I made friends with the guards of the nifty new cell phone towers and they let me up to the top to snap some photos of this lovely place I call home.

The towers.

The towers.

Up I go!

Up I go!

To answer a few of the most common questions my village people asked A) I wasn’t as scared as I thought I would be but I did sustain a pretty gnarly blister in the middle of my right palm from gripping the rungs of the steel ladder a bit too tight and B) I did not see anyone going to the toilet.

The lower basic school and upper basic school are at the center of the photograph while the river hides in the distance.

The lower basic school (left) and upper basic school (right) are at the center of the photograph while the river hides in the distance.

This is the road looking West. You can see the mosque on the top right of the picture.

This is the road looking West. You can see the mosque on the top right of the picture. My village in rainy season is full of beautiful, towering trees!

I am lucky enough to live on one of two roads in The Gambia. This is the South Bank River Road which stretches from the city in the West (almost) to the other end of the country. My compound is in the far right corner of the picture.

I am lucky enough to live in a village located on one of two roads in The Gambia. This is the South Bank River Road which stretches from the city in the West (almost) to the other end of the country. My compound is the house in the center right side of the picture. 

My compound is the house on the left. If you look close enough, you can see my mom and dad waving to me!

My compound is the house on the left. If you look close enough, you can see my mom and dad waving to me!

–JDF