At the pool of course, the main advantage was the foot massage. At times like that, I’m very grateful for the people around me. Dinner was very sow this time though the pizza tasted great. After dinner we hanged and mostly lay on bed for a while before going to sleep. As I couldn’t argue my way to a turned off airco, I dressed for the occasion and even got an extra blanket. And yes, I woke up fine. My brothers are out on an excursion and had to wake me early but not getting up too, felt great. Lazy shower and breakfast. A taxi driver took us to the most luxurious hotel yet here, so we could get some money. Now we’re back again. Mom and dad are out on the beach or near the pool; I guess I’ll enjoy my solitude and music till lunch. After that we’re going to find me some souvenirs!
Lazy days don’t call for much writing. We had a light lunch, watched the rain poor down, saw the sun and watched it rain again. We walked towards the little shops and found me a charm for my bracelet, and a nice bag. My dad found some kind of game to buy and there we went again. “kijken, kijken, misschien kopen”. I like this phrase better than the one you usually hear. It’s full of hope. Oh, did I mention dad got his souvenir in the shop of Henk? Anyway, bought some Fanta Pineapple at the minimarket and lay down again. Loek and Rens got back from the reptiles and the fish, photos looked like I wanted to be there too. All we do now is lie down, read, sleep and wait for dinner. Great.
We do so little here, it’s hard to remember. After writing yesterday, we probably lay in our room for a while, went back to the pool and went back again. Had some food including brownies that were tasty yet way too dense and dry to be called brownies. Went back to our room and went to bed. Tried WiFi but it didn’t work. This morning I woke up with a worse cold than yesterday. Had pancakes and an omelette. Tried orange juice instead of Wonjo juice to spice things up. How exiting..
Met Assan to pay for tomorrow’s and Thursday’s trip (for Rens, Loek and one time dad). Walked some 50 minutes to and from a supermarket to buy cereal as lunch. Including cups and spoons and milk since we don’t have anything here. Went to the pool again of course, read more of my book and hoped the red would have gotten brown and the white won’t get red. Had cereal for lunch, made an appointment for a massage on Thursday and that’s it. Life is easy, lazy and what not. Just hope my cold won’t hang on for too long. I’d like to be able to breathe and smell the things around me.
Every once in a while, I need to be alone. I get quiet, try to ignore others or give short answers. Every once in a while, I’m on a holiday surrounded by people. Surely I understand small talk is nice, and company is nice. From their point of view, sure. From mine, not so much. On days or afternoons like this, I like to wander off or lock myself in, I’d like to listen to music or read and write. If the only place I can do that, is a lonely hotel room, so be it. I welcome it. My friends know not to say too much or just leave me alone at times like this.
At times like this I wish Wi-Fi was working so I could aimlessly surf the web. I wish I had my laptop so I could type this, get my photos in order or watch a series or two. But it doesn’t and I don’t. so I guess I’ll go and try to read a book again, here or at the pool. As long as I’m left alone, I should be fine.
Apparently it’s a Monday. I don’t really have a Monday feeling but that’s just what I love about holidays. I know very well the date, since I write that one down every day but I’m completely confuzzeled when it comes to days. It doesn’t matter here, life goes on without knowing. It means we have five days left in this place. Five days at the last hotel. We’ll probably fill it with lots of swimming. Some days we might go somewhere, we’ll see in about an hour what Baba has to offer. Anyhow, last day was swimming in the pool, dining with delicious food once again and heading to bed early once again too. Having airco makes life easier over here, although right now my nose doesn’t really agree. A slight cold in The Gambia, I didn’t anticipate that.
Nothing really happens when you reside at the beach. Lazy walks on the beach with Baba and Assan to see what’s open this time a year. Ended up to be only two places, it’s very low season and Ramadan too. Two including the GFC, Gambian Fried Chicken. For the rest I decided to look for a nice bag and still a charm left to buy. Went to a minimarket and bought cookies for lunch. Had a swim in the sea, which has enormous waves by the way, and gave the local guard something to do as we needed beach beds to lay on and read books. Went back to the room and started writing. Today up and until now was lazy. I like it.