A little more background on what we Florios have gotten up to in the past – expedition-wise, that is:
Blog Entry: Friday 13th November, 2009. Distance walked to-date: 267.07km
‘We are almost at The Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust (TGHDT), in the village of Sambel Kunda. As mentioned, it’s the adopted home of our donkeys, Neil and Paddy. Not only are we going to have a day or two off there, but we will also be bidding a sad ‘fowatti kotting’ (see you again) to Paddy and a big ‘nimbara, nimbara’ to a replacement donkey – not that Paddy can be easily replaced. More on that…but first, our arrival into the village was a welcome fit for a visiting head of state.
As we rounded the path, leading to the village, we could hear singing coming from up ahead. As we get nearer, we can see what looks like the whole of the local primary school waiting to welcome us. The kids are singing and clapping. As we enter the village, we are immediately engulfed by what must be around a hundred kids – singing at the tops of their voices, all clamouring to help push the cart up the sandy path to the stables. It is such a touching and unexpected welcome, especially for Momadou – our donkey handler – who is from the area and works at The Trust. I’m glad that I have my sunglasses on, as my eyes well up – God forbid that the team think me as any more of a softy than they already do!’ – From forthcoming book by Helen Jones-Florio
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Please click on the image below to watch Jason Florio as he explains how you can own one of his fine art photography prints, from a series of images he will take whilst on the River Gambia Expedition 2012: