Jane’s Midlife Journey

The Gambia Day 7

Monday 28 November 2022 Our last full day in The Gambia. We consider a trip to Kunta Kinteh Island; an island in the River Gambia where slaves were held prior to being sold to European traders. Obviously it wasn’t called that at the time, having been renamed after Gambia’s most famous slave thanks to Alex Haley’s book/TV series ‘Roots’. It’s not far, only 20 odd miles, but quite a trek as you have to drive to Banjul, cross the river by ferry, then drive back along the shore the other side, then take another boat to the island. We decide … Continue reading “The Gambia Day 7”

The Gambia Day 6

Sunday 27 November 2022 Today we have a quiet day planned. After breakfast, we go for a walk along the beach. We are staying near the end of Cape Point, where the River Gambia meets the Atlantic Ocean. Here, the ocean waves come crashing in perpendicular to the beach as they meet the mouth of the river. As soon as we leave the hotel, we are followed by a man who tells us he is a talented runner who cannot afford to buy a pair of trainers. It must be so galling to beg for help from a fat old … Continue reading “The Gambia Day 6”

The Gambia Day 5 – Banjul

Saturday 26 November 2022 We get up and follow what has become the usual routine; enough breakfast buffet to see us through till dinner. Then read, swim, sunbathe, repeat. In the afternoon we take a taxi to visit Banjul. A quick Google of sightseeing in Banjul does not fill me with inspiration, but we set off for the capital nonetheless. As capital cities go, it’s small. The Gambia is the smallest country in continental Africa. It’s really just a sliver of land either side of the River Gambia. One one side is the Atlantic Ocean, on the other three is … Continue reading “The Gambia Day 5 – Banjul”

The Gambia Day 4

Friday 25 November 2022 This morning the old man sets off early for his day trip to Senegal. I am not accompanying him because technically, you need 3+ months on your passport to enter Senegal, which I don’t have. There was a time when I would have shoved a few dollars in my passport and hoped for the best. But I now consider myself too old to deal with the hassle of traipsing all the way to the border just to be turned away. Or worse still, detained for attempting to bribe a Senegalese official. So instead I spend a … Continue reading “The Gambia Day 4”

The Gambia Day 3

Thursday 24 November 2022 We get up and head for breakfast. After I have finished eating and am watching the old man tuck into plate no 4, a cat appears by the table hopeful for scraps. There are signs asking guests not to feed the various animals, with a helpful photo of some children feeding a kangaroo. Because everyone knows West Africa is teeming with kangaroos! Not one to take notice of instructions, I go and get some slices of sausage from the buffet. In my mind, what happens next is that I surreptitiously sneak a morsel of sausage under … Continue reading “The Gambia Day 3”

The Gambia Day 2

Wednesday 23 November 2022 One of the old man’s feubles is that when it’s cold he complains bitterly about the cold and turns the heating right up. But go somewhere warm, and the first thing he does is crank the A/C up to Ice Station Zebra Mode. So although it’s a balmy 29 degrees outside, I have to get up in the night and add some extra layers of clothing. In the morning we awake to a very stiff breeze; it’s almost like being back in Bournemouth. Apart from the temperature. And the monkeys. We head for the breakfast buffet … Continue reading “The Gambia Day 2”

The Gambia Day 1

Tuesday 22 November 2022 The weekend before last I went out for the evening, leaving the old man unattended. When I got home, he’d booked a holiday to the Gambia. So this morning we are up early to do something we very, very rarely do. We’re going on a package holiday. It feels a bit strange not having a spreadsheet of travel, accommodation and sightseeing itineraries. We just have to turn up at the airport and get on the plane. Simple, right? First things first, extricate the cat from the old man’s suitcase. Then we can set off on the … Continue reading “The Gambia Day 1”

100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 81 – Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival

New for 2022, is Poole’s Maritime themed Christmas light display. From mid November until the New Year, you can enjoy the spectacle which runs from the Bus Station, through the Dolphin Centre shopping arcade, along the High Street and onto the Harbourside. Dolphin Centre We parked in the Dolphin Centre car park, which costs £1 per hour. By public transport, most buses stop at the Bus Station, which is right next door. It’s also the start of the trail (which we missed). Here we met up with the kids, who’d been to lunch in Poole. Inside the Dolphin Centre itself … Continue reading “100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 81 – Poole Christmas Maritime Light Festival”

100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 80 – Watch Premier League Football at The Vitality Stadium

With its 11,300 capacity stadium on the outskirts of a town of half a million inhabitants, AFC Bournemouth may well be considered to be punching above its weight in the English Premier league along with the footballing giants of Manchester United or Chelsea. To put it into perspective, AFC Bournemouth has an annual wage bill of £29 million compared to Manchester United’s enormous 217 million. Put another way, AFC Bournemouth spends as much money on its entire squad as Manchester United spends on one player (Cristiano Ronaldo). Nevertheless, AFC Bournemouth have found themselves in the Premier League for 6 of … Continue reading “100 Things to do in (and around) Bournemouth 80 – Watch Premier League Football at The Vitality Stadium”

Marrakech Day 4

Thursday 3 November 2022 I wasn’t going to write a blog today. All we are doing is getting up, having breakfast and leaving for the airport. What’s to write about? Well… We get up to a message from EasyJet saying our flight has been delayed by 75 minutes. So we head for the Riad roof top for a leisurely breakfast as we have all the time in the world, right? The old man, who usually baulks at the idea of using public transport, agrees that the new departure time leaves us with enough time to travel to the airport by … Continue reading “Marrakech Day 4”

Marrakech Day 3

Wednesday 3 November 2022 Today we have an early start as we have tickets to visit the Jardin Majorelle. According to my guide book, this is the most visited attraction in Morocco, so lord knows how crowded it’s going to be. I thought yesterday’s trip to the Bahia Palace was crowded enough. After a most substantial breakfast of omelette, pancakes, bread, yoghurt and pomegranate, we go in search of a taxi. Everything I have read about Moroccan taxis tells us that we should haggle over the fare. The old man is not very good at haggling. And to be honest, … Continue reading “Marrakech Day 3”

Marrakech Day 2

Tuesday 1 November 2022 We wake for the first time at 6.30 when the call to prayer sounds. Not being very religious, I find it hard to understand quite why one would feel the need to get up at 6.30 for anything let alone to pray. Once the faithful have been summoned, we settle down to a couple more hours sleep. Finally, it’s 8.30 and time for breakfast. We climb to the roof of the riad, which has a seating area, plunge pool and a good view of the medina. By now I haven’t eat for 18 hours, so am … Continue reading “Marrakech Day 2”


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Hi, I’m Jane. 5 years ago I stopped work so I could travel more. I spend my summers in Bournemouth and winters on my adventures around the world. So far I have notched up 70 countries. Next up, Morocco…

On Saturdays I parkrun. I have run over 250 parkruns across 10 different countries.

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