Saturday, October 24, 2009

A Day in the Life of a Tourist

Today, we went undercover as tourists in Senegambia. We paid around two dollars to use the beautiful beach side pool at the Senegambia Hotel. It had a fountain, diving board, and a swim up bar. It was quite a surreal experience. Toubabs were everywhere! It is disappointing to think that the majority of the European families that we saw today will never leave Senegambia to experience the true Gambia-with its poverty and friendly citizens. I imagine the situation as a form of neo-colonialism, repeated in tourist centers across Africa. After leaving the pool, Laura and I went to a Thai restaurant. The food was delicious! Tomorrow we head upcountry to Tumani Tenda and back to reality. Being a tourist was fun, but only for a day.

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