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Echo’s Travel Diary

Friday, 17 Aug 2007

Location: Gambia

MapOkay sorry about the empty promises. There will be no photos today for a couple of reasons. A) I suck at taking my camera out of my purse. I think that I should just walk around with it around my neck and maybe I will remember to take photos. And B) My computer is not set up for the internet just yet so the few photos I do have I am not able to download them at this time. Maybe tomorrow. Now I am not even going to make promises but I will be in the school tomorrow and hopefully will at least get my computer set up. That takes care of part of excuse B but not sure how to deal with A. Maybe I could not only hire a guard and a house person but an official photographer as well. I will have to look into that.

So bad news on the house front. I took one of the local teachers to see my beautiful little house that I picked out and she freaked out. She hated it. She picked it apart for many reasons so which may have been valid but others not so much. The biggest thing though that made me change my mind was the fact that she told me that the neighbourhood was not the best and that the location within that neighbourhood was even worse. Now don't get all panicked everyone. It is not in the ghetto and on the wrong side of the tracks, I will not be killed, raped, or kidnapped. The main thing is that there is a lot of thefts from the area, from locked garages to sometimes the houses. So instead of playing with fire, I am going to trust the local on this issue and find a new house. Which by the way is seeming to be a really hard task. Everything seems to be way out of my price range and nothing is close by. So I may have to move further away, which means I need transportation, which I don't think will be a problem because of a discovery I made today.

I found a brand new red scooter. Can you all just see it. Me blazing down the highways on my scooter, I can!!! I would love to say I will send you all a photo but until I hire my personal photographer you will all have to live with my vivid written descriptions. Well that is all from this part of the world for now. I will keep you all posted on the house search and the hope that the next time you check there will be photos.