‘Domanding, domanding’ – slowly, slowly – local Mandinka language.
Update 7th November 2012
‘Patience is the key to joy…‘ according to Sufi poet, Jalal ad-Dīn Muhammad Rumi
As some of you are well aware, we have been in The Gambia, West Africa, since the 16th October, to make final preparations for the ‘River Gambia Expedition – 1000km source to sea African odyssey’. And, if things had gone to plan, we were due to pick up our shipment of gear from Banjul Port – on the 21st October – which had been shipped in a container from the UK. However, it is now 7th November and we are still waiting!
The boat, it seems, was ‘erroneously delivered to Lagos, Nigeria’ – via a drop off for a week in Antwerp, where the shipping company eventually found it and put it back on another boat, supposedly bound for The Gambia.
The update we had from the shippers this morning was that the container (which also contains many other people’s boxes/ items) has to sail from Lagos, all the way to back Antwerp – a shipping regulation (Antwerp being the main port for shipments to West Africa) – then, and only then, can it be sent back down to The Gambia. Go figure.
So. Stating the utterly obvious. We are delayed. And. We don’t really know for how long. Until we hear back from the shipping company later today. That is, once they have sussed out potential arrival dates, which, we are beginning to suspect, they pull randomly from thin air – or, better still, their backsides – based on the runaround we’ve had so far!
We will wait. We have little choice…most of the gear is for camping whilst on the expedition and/or from our sponsors who we have a commitment to fulfill – i.e. photos of their kindly donated products in use.
In the meantime, we’ll keep busy with all the wondrous and colourful sights, which are around us here in The Gambia. Such as Tobaski last weekend – one of the biggest Muslim celebrations of the year. And, this weekend, we’re hoping to head to a traditional naming ceremony in the town of Brikama. Plus, we need to practice, practice, practice, our canoeing on the river.
Enough to keep us busy until our boat comes in.
Updates as and when…
The Florios (H & Flo)
Mantra for the coming days: Patience is the key to joy…patience is the key to joy…patience is the key to joy…