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Thanks for keeping us posted. Stay safe and keep the videos coming!
 

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I was thinking about this last night while I was mowing the lawn. Do you know the languages of these countries you are going to or do most speak English over there?
 

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I was thinking about this last night while I was mowing the lawn. Do you know the languages of these countries you are going to or do most speak English over there?
I'm learning French as fast as I can, it's the most widely spoken. A couple of countries on the West coast are Portuguese, none are Spanish.

I also learn a couple of words in the local African language (hi, thanks, yes) and it makes people extremely happy!

-Dan
 

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Hi All,

I have driven into Gambia, country #4.
After hours of arguing, I ended up paying my first bribe, unfortunately.
Read the full story here:
Into Gambia | The Road Chose Me



-Dan
 

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I'm learning French as fast as I can, it's the most widely spoken. A couple of countries on the West coast are Portuguese, none are Spanish.

I also learn a couple of words in the local African language (hi, thanks, yes) and it makes people extremely happy!

-Dan
Portuguese. That's what I was thinking of. It sounds a lot like Spanish. That was around Equatorial Guinea
 

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Portuguese. That's what I was thinking of. It sounds a lot like Spanish. That was around Equatorial Guinea
Poruguese is the official language of Guinea-Bissau and Angola.

It's similar enough to Spanish to get me into trouble - ie. some words are the same, but not quite enough for my Spanish to get my by.

I don't know about Equatorial Guinea, as a non-US citizen it's essentially impossible for me to get a visa to go there, and I doubt I'd want to anyway, given it's often ranked the most corrupt country in the world.

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So how has cell service been? Have you had it most of the time? Fuel? Easy to find?
I don't have a phone.

Every station I have been to has had Gas and Diesel no worries - except in Mauritania where I drove across without buying any :)

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Hey all,

I've been hanging out around The Gambia River, and spotted my first Hippo!
And my first Chimpanzee!


...And my first Ebola warning sign... then I got horribly sick. Damn.



Read the whole story here: Georgetown and The River Gambia | The Road Chose Me

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Hey All,

Another day, another bribery attempt foiled!

Also, 9 hours to catch a single ferry - a new record for me!

Read the whole story: Around Banjul | The Road Chose Me



-Dan
 

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Very cool to see all the old history and wildlife. A couple pictures on your site looked like there were dark clouds in the sky. Have you had any rain yet?

Keep the updates coming, you living my dream.
 

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this, Dan.

All the planning and talking about this ,back when you joined the forum ; this is the pay off .
Look at that awesome Jeep you built and where it sits , optimally parked to optimize water availability under a bloody Baobab Tree in outer Gambia.
I would be immensely proud of accomplishing this & sure am glad to be able to thank-you (very much) for your excellent documentation of the buildup-to and ultimately, this fine trip /life experience which you're on at the moment.Keep having fun and I am just one of the many folks that are enjoying vicariously traveling around what is seemingly a beautiful continent and people, thanks to you.
Jeep On, dude.:jeep2:
 
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