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Not a bucket, but close enough.
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I don't have any pictures of me with a bucket on my head. But here's one with a bowl on my head.

Me -- as an aviator.
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Sometimes you just gotta be silly.

Bakau Upper Basic School
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This is 1 of 2 bldgs at a typical urban school in The Gambia.

5th Graders
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This is a 5th grade class at Bakau Upper Basic.

9th Grade Class at Bakau Upper Basic School
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...and you thought classes were overcrowded in the US.

The new Kelly (Wong) and Lars Hagen...

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The wonderful Miss Vidisha Parasram allowed me to snag some of ther digital photos and put them on my web page since I've been too lazy to scan the pictures that I've gotten developed in and put them on this web page.  So here are some pictures of a Gambian shopping mall (aka outdoor market), monkeys, and the beach. 

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This is Serakunda Market, one of the largest markets in The Gambia.  Going to the market is an experience in sensory overload -- a million smells ranging from the sweet smells of freshly baked pastries to dead fish who've been out in the sun to long; thousands of bolts of gorgeous fabric in every color and pattern imaginable; the feel of the cold mud squishing up between your toes; the sounds of car horns, people yelling in 5 or 6 different languages, and the ever-present sputtering of the bush taxis that clog up the streets. It's open everyday from around 9 AM until dark and they sell everything you can imagine. 

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This is one of the monkeys that hung around the Senegambia Hotel where we stayed during the week of swearing in.  These friendly monkeys would happily take the peanuts right from your hand. 
 
 

Another monkey at the Senegambia Beach Hotel
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PC/The Gambia Health & Education Swearing-in
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Senegambia Hotel Beach
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So this is the view from the other side of the Atlantic.

The picture above is of the 35 health and education trainees sworn in on September 12, 2003.  The pictures below are friends from home. 

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Carrie, Mark, and Thanh

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Monster