dimanche 5 avril 2009

Spring Break 09: Guinea Dipping

I know I've been promising a Spring Break post, but I'm honestly too overwhelmed to attempt an explanation of the experience. I'll give you the bare bones: 6 friends and I decided to go to Guinea. To cross the border, we took a truck filled with about 60 people and a lot of cargo. This truck was traveling on the worst excuse for a road you can imagine, and we spent a lot of time walking alongside it. The truck journey took 2 1/2 days.

Here are some pictures of the truck.
Once we made it to Guinea we stayed in some great little towns, met some wonderful people, and visited an amazing 3-tiered waterfall. We also had roughly 30 vehicle breakdowns, several dehydration scares, and a LOT of group bonding sessions.

Here is one of the Chutes de Kambadaga.

It was an incredible experience, and I wouldn't trade it for the world, but I won't likely be doing it again. It was truly an adventure of a lifetime. This is a picture of what I looked like at the end of the trip. And yes, those are the real colors, that's how dirty I was.

I tried to post a link to the photos I posted on facebook, but if you're not on fb I have to email it to you, I can't put it on the blog. So if you want to see them all, just shoot me an email and I'll send you the link. The photos tell the story much better than I can in words.

Today I'm off to my rural visit in the Sine-Saloum Delta. One other girl, Holly Anne, and I be living and working with an NGO that does environmental projects and eco-tourism, which should be really interesting. And I promise that when I post about this trip, it will be more in depth than the Spring Break post.

Love to you all!

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