Walking boots and Birkenstocks – heading back to The Gambia, West Africa

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© Jason Florio – River Gambia Expedition


Jason and I are preparing to head back down to The Gambia next week. After a sojourn in the UK (and a flying visit back home to NYC), our first assignment back on West African soil, for a feature article, is to walk the 80km coastline of The Gambia. So, it’s time to lace up our sorely neglected walking boots – or, my case, polish off my old Birkenstocks – hey, if I can walk 930km around the small West African country, I’ll be virtually sprinting 80km.

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A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey’ – Jason Florio & Helen Jones-Florio (wearing her Birks!) with Dadi Bah, alkalo of Tuba Dabbo village


Although we’ll be treading some familiar ground – and no doubt seeing some familiar faces along the way – but we’re excited about exploring parts of the coastline we haven’t done so before.

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© Jason Florio – walking the dogs, Cape Point, The Gambia, West Africa


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© Jason Florio – Ghana Town, The Gambia, West Africa


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© Jason Florio – Helen, heads for the beach, Sanementereng, The Gambia, West Africa


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© Jason Florio – The Little Mosque, Sanementereng, The Gambia, West Africa


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© Jason Florio – walking the dogs, Ghana Town, The Gambia, West Africa


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© Helen Jones-Florio – Boy on his bike, Ghana Town, The Gambia, West Africa


To find out about our previous 2009 Gambia walk, please go to ‘A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – 930km African odyssey‘ and you can check out Jason’s award-winning images of Gambian village chiefs and elders, from that walk, on his website: ‘Silafando – a gift to you on behalf of my journey‘.

Please stop by again soon. Or you can ‘like’ us on facebook and follow us on twitter.

More soon…

The Florios – Helen & Jason

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Boots n Birks © Helen Jones-Florio



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