Thursday, February 6, 2014


My first card from West African nation, Gambia, with a map showing just how strangely shaped Gambia actually is. The smallest country in mainland Africa is just a narrow strip along the banks of the Gambia River, an Anglophone band-aid completely surrounded by Francophone Senegal. The smaller photos show typical scenes of Gambian life, but I must say I'm a bit perplexed as to the inclusion in the bottom row of the photo of the side of a car. No idea what is particularly Gambian about that.

Many thanks to friend Oliver who was in Gambia over the holidays. 

A somewhat mangled stamp of a riity, a traditional musical instrument made from a gourd cut in half, a tree branch, a few pieces of metal and some nails, with bowstrings made of horsehair. When played, the sound is similar to that of a violin. From a set of 15 on traditional instruments issued in 2010.

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