... clearly something about the Gambian experience opened something up within my writing. While in England I'd struggled and hesitated for weeks just over the opening lines of my work, in Gunjur I could power through both of my pieces in a matter of days, from first draft to the final piece. It's easier to 'capture lives' out there as well, when everybody you meet is so intensely alive. Strangers greet you and smile at every turn ... A link to all of the Thriving Through V
I spent an incomparable week in a beautiful country, but more than that I believe that now I am a more open person. The friendliness of the Gambian culture is infectious, and I hope to bring some of that back with me to the UK, where our society could certainly benefit from a bit more warmth and less reserve.
The Gunjur - Gambia. 7 - 21 August In the summer of 2018, the Kempson Rosedale Enterprise Trust helped me reach my goal, my goal was to experience a community unlike mine, and to offer teachings within. On arrival to the small village of Gunjur, I was apprehensive; I soon discovered how unnecessary this feeling was. I was welcomed by so many smiling faces whom were just as excited to learn about my life and I was about theirs. Over the course of my stay, a genuine deep bond g